A Teflon™ coated tablecloth is a type of wipe clean tablecloth where the fabric has been treated with Teflon™, which is a type of non-stick coating. Teflon is a brand name for a synthetic fluoropolymer material that is resistant to water, oil, and stains.
The Teflon™ coating is designed to repel spills and stains, making it easier to clean and maintain than a regular tablecloth. This makes Teflon™ coated tablecloths the most durable and easiest type of wipe clean tablecloth to maintain.
Please note: Teflon coated tablecloths having stain resistance, does not make them stain proof.
Is There A Difference Between Teflon™ & Acrylic Coated Tablecloths?
Teflon™ and Acrylic coated tablecloths can sometimes be interchangeably used due to both having acrylic layers applied to the top surface.
The only difference between a Teflon™ and an acrylic coated tablecloth, is the type of non-stick coating (or synthetic fluoropolymer) that is used to treat the fabric.
Teflon™ coated tablecloths use a branded synthetic fluoropolymer for fabric by Chemours, where as normal acrylic coated tablecloths use a non-branded variation, or none at all.
Both types are designed to repel liquids and stains to varying degrees, however, the Teflon™ textile finish is considered to be the best on the market.
How Do You Tell If A Tablecloth Has Been Teflon™ Treated?
It’s impossible to tell if a tablecloth has been treated with a fluoropolymer like Teflon™ just by looking or feeling it, as the treatment is not visible and does not change the texture of the fabric.
One of the easiest ways to test if the fabric has been treated with Teflon™, or any other fluoropolymer treatment, is to place a small droplet of water on the tablecloth. If the water droplet beads up and rolls off the fabric without being absorbed, then it is likely that the fabric has been treated with a fluoropolymer.
A Warning About Buying Teflon™ Coated Tablecloths
Not all acrylic coated tablecloths on the market are the same, and cheaper versions do not contain any synthetic fluoropolymer (non-stick coating) making them more prone to staining.
In addition, many online stores sell “Teflon coated tablecloths” that don’t contain any Teflon™ at all, and just use the term interchangeably with acrylic tablecloths.
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All of the acrylic coated tablecloths sold here at Simply Tablecloths contain a fluoropolymer, whether that be a genuine Teflon™ finish or a non-branded alternative.