FAQS | Questions and answers about oilcloth, tablecloth, vinyl and plastic coverings

WHAT IS AN OILCLOTH?

An oilcloth (l:home) is a plastic and more specifically a vinyl fabric sold in rolls and used to manufacture tablecloths, coverings, tote bags, kitchen accesories and many different other types of products. It may also be used at home to cut and have ready made table coverings or other type of coverings for the car, for the grill, etc. Excellent for water protections and easy use.

WHAT IS A VINYL FABRIC

It means it is a fabric manufactured out of vinyl, specifically PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride).

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF OILCOTHS

It will not wrinkle, it is flame retardant, it is food contact acceptable, and will not stain. Therefore it is excellent for outdoor use as tablecloths, or for restaurant use where the frequent change of users on a table makes difficult the process of changing tablecloths, so the oilcloth makes it very easy to wipe clean everytime. It is a clean and environmentally effective option to continuous textile tablecloths due to the water wasted on the laundry or to other disposable options as paper tablecloths due to the waste generation and tree cutting practices to produce paper.

WHAT ARE THE DISADVENTAGES

The main disadventage is that the product is made of PVC, a plastic, that will not degrade or biodegrade and this is not good for the environment, as with any other plastic. However, it is important to mention that oilcloths last at least 10 years, which helps avoid waste of water, oil and trees. Oilcloth has an indirect benefit generated substituting textiles as coverings, or disposable paper as coverings. Oilcloths will last longer, plus do not have to be washed with water. Washing of regular textile cloths with water use thousands of millions of gallons of water every year. And paper disposable coverings use millions of trees every year. PVC is the plastic that uses less petroleum and it is combined with salts (chlorides). Learn more on About Oilcloths and Vinyl Tablecloths.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON USES

Oilcloths are mainly used as tablecloths for restaurants or personal use. But they are also used in many ways where there is a need of a covering that will resist weather, water and stains and will be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. A product that will be resistant and will last forever. A product for industrial use. And a product that will be used as a covering for a multitude of purposes, such as car coverings, furniture coverings, grill coverings, aprons, placemats, canopies, tote bags, kitchen krafts, tents, book coverings, shelve coverings, among many others.

WHY THERE ARE TWO TYPES AND WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE

There are two types of oilcloths (l:about tablecloths and oilcloths) that we sell. The Standard which which is sold in rolls measuring 47” x 36 ft long and contains 74% vinyl and 26% backliner made of cotton, and the Luxury oilcloth which is sold in rolls measuring 55” x 82 ft long and contains 84% vinyl and 16% backliner made of polyester. The Luxury has a more texturized surface, it looks and feels more like a textile cloth, but it is not as clean as the standard due to the textural surface. The Standard has a totally smooth surface without any texture, therefore making it easier to clean.

HOW DO I PLACE AN ORDER

You can place an order either online (l:buy tablecloths and oilcloths online), by email or telephone to our office on regular business hours. Our minimum order is 1 roll, and we have discounts available for larger orders. Please see our terms and conditions, and ordering information.