How To Get Stains Out of Your Wipe Clean PVC Tablecloth

It’s important to note that no wipe clean tablecloth fabric, whether it’s a PVC tablecloth, oilcloth tablecloth, or vinyl tablecloth is stain proof.

The best way to ensure your fabric does not stain is to wipe it clean as soon as you spill any sauces that could stain it. The main culprits being tomato base or curry sauces.

Having said that, accidents do happen and we don’t always get to the clean them as soon as we can.

So here are some tips to help remove most of the stains, if not all (if you’re lucky) from your wipe clean tablecloth.

Important: it is recommended you always test any solution on a small patch in the corner of your tablecloth to make sure it does not damage or fade the fabric.

1. Leave it Direct Sunlight

Ideal for: Tomato based stains

Just like getting them out of clothes, we have had customers tell us that leaving it direct sunlight for a few hours or longer has helped lighten and even remove stains like tomato sauce.

Note: Long term exposure to direct sunlight can fade colours – especially darker ones.

2. Try Dettol Mould & Mildew Remover

Ideal for: Tomato based stains

Dettol Mould & Mildew Remover has worked for us before. It contains active bleach which when sprayed and left on for a few hours, can help lift stains from the surface. Just remember to test in a small area first.

3. Isopropyl Alcohol / White Spirit

Ideal for: Grease, inks, sticky residue

This works great for grease and ink marks. Just pour a bit on to some tissue or a cloth and rub in to the affected area. Repeat until clean.

Just are in mind you it may leave a smell, so you will need to freshen it up afterwards with some warm soapy water.

4. Using a Little Nail Varnish Remover

Ideal for: Curry

Use a tiny amount on to some tissue or cotton wool and rub gently in the stained area. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and wipe clean with some water. You may have to repeat this a few times to lighten the stain.

5. Lemon juice

Ideal for: Tomato & Curry sauces

Lemon is a great natural bleach. Squeeze some juice over the affected area and leave to sit for a few hours. This will help lighten any dark stains.

You can even combine this tip with leaving it sun slight as well for extra bleaching power.

6. Hydrogen Peroxide

Ideal for: Tomato, curry & other food sauces

It is recommend you mix one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide to begin with and wipe and cover the affect area with the mix.

Leave the solution work for 10 minutes before wiping clean with another white cloth that is just dampened with water.

If is a stubborn the stain, then try using hydrogen peroxide alone and repeat the process.


Have any tips of your own? Please let us know so we can add it to the list!


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