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Removing Stains from Vinyl Tablecloths

Vinyl tablecloths are extremely popular choices for a variety of reasons. The most common of reasons are that the material is fairly easy to maintain, it is a fairly inexpensive item, and they are pretty durable. However, just because something is easy to maintain, doesn't mean that you wont' have to do some cleaning to keep it looking its best.

Removing stains from vinyl tablecloths is a remarkably easy thing to do. In fact, it could be said that it is so easy that many people don't really do it because they can't believe it. Here are some rather simple methods that you can use to keep your tablecloth looking nice and clean.

  • Don't wait. One of the leading causes for stains, on any type of material, is that people tend to wait until the staining agent has had time to set in. instead of doing that with your vinyl tablecloth, begin cleaning up the mess right away. Considering that most vinyl products are usually somewhat water resistant, you should have no problem with simply using a damp washcloth or sponge to get the material clean.
  • Choose carefully. If you do end up needing to do any type of "deep cleaning" then make sure that you choose your cleaning materials carefully. Usually all you will need to do is use a warm soapy washcloth to get the tablecloth looking brand new again. Typically you will want to choose a cleaning agent that is a fairly mild soap, and one that can be used to cut through most kinds of grease. Simply place a drop or two of a mild dish soap onto a warm, damp cloth, and then wipe away at the stain.
  • Stubborn stains. For particularly difficult stains, you can bring out the big guns. In this case, that would be something like a magic eraser type of cleaning sponge. These things can get most kinds of stains off of just about anything, and won't cause any undo damage to the material you are cleaning.
  • Read the directions. Take a look at the care instructions tab on the vinyl tablecloth. As long as it doesn't say that you can't do it, throw the tablecloth into the washing machine every so often. This will take care of the vast majority of your stains, and is a fairly easy method for keeping the tablecloth clean. Simply make sure that you don't put it into the dryer, as you don't want the tablecloth to melt. Instead, let it drip dry.

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