Removing Stains from Vinyl Tablecloths

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 23, 2012)

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

Home Interior Decorating

There are many misconceptions about home interior decorating, in fact there are almost as many misconceptions as there are ...

Discover More

Dust Prevention

No one really likes dust, and since it seems to get everywhere, it only stands to reason that a few preventative measures ...

Discover More

Storing and Organizing Medications

Storing and organizing medications can often present unique problems. For example, is there a specific place that you should ...

Discover More

The Power of Microfiber! Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths will become your favorite tool for every cleaning task. This 36-cloth package is perfect for hundreds of uses in the garage, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and all around the house. Each cloth is tough, streak-free, lint-free, reusable, and washable. Check out Microfiber Cleaning Cloths today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Grout Stains

Mold and mildew tend to build up between bathroom tiles. To remove these growths, you'll need to scrub first with water, then ...

Discover More

Removing Dye Stains from Countertops

If you have ever used any kind of dye, then you know exactly how common it is for little accidents to happen. You also know ...

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
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 4 + 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.