About Oilcloths and Vinyl Tablecloths

The word oilcloth comes from its origin in England in the late 19th. century. It was first used as a floor covering (referred as floorcloth), due to its advantage as a cheaper option than wood, and a very durable one. It was a canvas covered with a though paint, just like canvas used for oil paintings, therefore its oilcloth name. It was then popular in France.

Today's oilcloth, back in popularity, is a vinyl cloth that is bonded and supported with a backliner of cotton or polyester mesh. The surface can be wiped clean. The oilcloth fabric has been tested and passes the National Fire Protection Agency 701 classification for commercial and residential use. The oilcloth is a 10.3oz weight vinyl.

Oilcloths is a waterproof and stain resistant cloth with colorful and nice designs, that are perfect for the daily use in the table. Regularly, fine linens are used on special occasions and palced on top of the oilcoths on those special occasions, therefore, optimizing the use of the fine linens and fabrics and its lifespan.

Oilcloths and tablecloths are commonly used in table coverings, shelf coverings, grill covers, placemats, kitchen crafts (totes, aprons, bags, utensils), canopies, drawer linings, book covers, desk protectors, curtains, wall coverings, garden sheds and garage roofing, sandbox canopies, beach canopies, picnic table covers, canister and basket covers, laundry bags, school bags, tents and floor coverings as in the old times, and everything that can be covered or needs to be covered or protected, among many other uses.

Oilcloths are sold in rolls, and then custom cut to fit your special needs (for end user), or used to manufacture a multitude of products and crafts, such as totes, bags, aprons, grill covers, kitchen utensils, among many other fascinating products, with the great advantage that the product is water resistant and stain resistant.


- Washable product with damp cloth and soap if needed - Stainless
- No need to iron as wrinkles are not formed
- Repelent to water, oils and other types of stains
- Antibacterial due to its clean and non texture surface
- Economical
- Long lasting
- Nice colors and designs
- Ecological in regards to the 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 following this PVC environmental advantages document, and learn more on the European Union Environment Commission.


- The only disadventage is that Vinyl Tablecloths contain PVC, which is a plastic product that will not degrade and as most plastics not environmentaly friendly. However, the advantage is that it prevents the extensive use of water needed to clean fabric tablecloths when used and avoid the extensive use of disposable paper covers, so it has some sense of environmental friendliness in it. It also uses less petroleum than most plastics.