If you are wondering what oilcloth tablecloths are and how is it different from the other tablecloths, then worry not as today will be the day that you will be able to differentiate all those types of tablecloth.
Oilcloths have been around since the 19th century. It was first used as floorcloth to cover the floorings. It was very popular back then because it was cheap and easy to maintain. With its waterproof and stain-proof features, people can easily clean oilcloths with damp rugs and other types of cloth. It was mistakenly called linoleum back then.
Oilcloth was also used as a substitute for expensive leather and was used as the outer layers of leather luggage bags, shoes, and other leather-made merchandise.
Today, most people confuse oilcloth tablecloth with PVC tablecloth, especially when one mentions PVC oilcloth tablecloth. And we totally understand why people commonly mistake the one with the other one. The main reason why people make that mistake is because both clothes have the same feel to them; they feel waterproof and plastic. But if you investigate further, you will discover that there are significant differences between the two that will certainly help you in identifying the difference. We will discuss below;
First of all, oilcloth tablecloths are made from 100% cotton and then coated with PVC to make it waterproof, while PVC tablecloths are 100% plastic. Because oilcloth tablecloths are made from pure cotton, it will feel a lot softer and will fit better on your table as compared to PVC tablecloths. Oilcloth tablecloths will also be able to smoothen out the sharp edges of your table, while PVC tablecloths will only add sharper edges to your table because plastics cannot easily fold and are less malleable than cotton.
Oilcloth can be very useful in your home for various reasons. First of all, you can use an oilcloth tablecloth as your table cover to save time and effort in cleaning stains and food spoils. It also protects your precious table from the usual wear and tear. Stains on wooden tables can be very hard to deal with, water also softens it and aggravates its’ wear and tear. Metal tables, on the other hand, can get rusty with food stains and water spills. It is only by using a tablecloth that you can save the table from damage and maximize its longevity. And of course, you can even enhance the look of your table and your kitchen with various oilcloth tablecloth designs available in the market.
Oilcloth tablecloths are also very easy to maintain. It can easily be washed with a wet cloth or with soap if there are hard stains to remove. Furthermore, they are long lasting and environmentally friendly compared to other products.
Because oilcloths have many uses, they are usually sold in rolls to custom fit according to the customer’s need. Other uses of oilcloth include:
- Shelf coverings
- Seat covers
- Grill covers
- Patio umbrellas
- Wallpaper coverings
- Desk protectors
- Garage covers
- Car covers
- Aprons, gloves, bags