Removing Stains from Vinyl Tablecloths

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 6, 2018)

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.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Coping with a Small Kitchen

Whether you are just starting out in life, or you have been around the block a few times, one of the most difficult parts ...

Discover More

Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom vanities are an important part of what sets the "tone" for your bathroom, and that impression can pass on to the ...

Discover More

Removing Cigarette Smoke from a Plasma TV

Plasma televisions are becoming increasingly popular as time goes by. As such, it is becoming more and more necessary for ...

Discover More

Remove Stubborn Stains Quickly Get everything looking clean again: Walls, floors, baseboards, counters, blinds, appliances, and more. Micro-scrubbers easily reach into surface grooves, lifting dirt away. This low-cost 8-pack is great for stubborn stains and touble areas. Check out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 8-Pack today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Oil Stains from Fabric

Most oil stains can be easily removed from clothing with soap or detergent. Just pre-treat the stain, rinse everything ...

Discover More

Removing Stains from Canvas

Canvas has many applications beyond sneakers. Designer purses are now made from canvas, as are sails and canoes. Removing ...

Discover More

Removing Magic Markers from Plaster

Whether you have children who really like to draw, or you got a little carried away with the magic marker, everyone can ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 3 - 3?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.