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What are oilcloths?
Today, oilcloth tends to refer to printed cotton fabrics which are given a hot melt vinyl plastic (PVC) coating in order to get a waterproof and wipe-clean finish. Advancements in the coating processes over the years have allowed us to see a whole new finish to the oil cloth which looks less plastic than before. As well as the traditional gloss (or shiny) finish to the tablecloth fabric, Only Oilcloths also stocks a large range of ‘matt’ oilcloths. The matt finish is still easy to wipe & has many of the great characteristics of the usual gloss oilcloth tablecloth, but it is a more subtle finish which leaves the wipe-able surface of the tablecloth looking less plastic & more like the original fabric. Although the traditional gloss oilcloth (a great finish which really enhances the colours in the tablecloth) still remains the popular choice particularly in households with children (partially because the harder ‘plastic’ gloss finish is slightly more durable, but also because of the colours), matt oilcloths are increasing in popularity & have a very loyal following by many of our regular customers.
Oilcloth wipe-able PVC table covers have become increasingly fashionable, and are a great way to add new life to your kitchen décor. The number of oilcloth designs are forever changing, and here at Only Oilcloths, we endeavour to regularly bring out many new patterns, including vintage, retro, classic, and modern designs, whether they are the vinyl plastic tablecloth with a gloss finish or the less plastic looking matt finish. We will also bring out designer and Scandinavian oilcloth regularly over the course of a year, giving the widest choice of patterns which will go with every colour scheme. Oilcloth tablecloths are no longer only seen as the practical solution for protecting the kitchen table, with a wipe-able surface to make cleaning easier, but also a perfect fashion accessory to improve all kitchens from the traditional farmhouse kitchen to the modern contemporary kitchen, and will brighten up even the most aged of kitchens. Many of our plastic oilcloths patterns have even been selected with the garden in mind. Most outdoor picnic tables, even after their annual varnish/maintenance are in need of a splash of colour, brightness & feeling of cleanliness you can easily achieve with an oilcloth. Although the oilcloths are not designed to be kept outdoors, they are great to bring out on a sunny day to brighten up the garden table & give a perfect clean & wipe-able surface to entertain friends around. We even give the option for a parasol hole if your chosen oilcloth is for the garden table.
Only Oilcloth PVC tablecloths also come in a range of sizes to suit all requirement: we have large table cloths in 20 meter rolls, and we have small table cloths of just one square metre. There are plenty of sizes in between this to suit different lengths of table surface. There are also PVC Round tablecloths to fit to around indoor and outdoor tables – Check out our guide to PVC Tablecloths.
As well as a great accessory for the kitchen table, oilcloths are used by many designers to produce a fantastic range of bags. Bags made from oilcloths are seen by some as one of the latest ‘must have’ in fashion accessories.
Oilcloth fabric UK coated. All of our oilcloths are made from cotton fabrics which are coated in the UK.
The wipe-clean coating on our oilcloths ensures that the tablecloths do not fray or crack, and so there is no need for hemming of tablecloths – they are simply cut from the roll. All of our oilcloths are very easy to keep clean by simply wiping with a damp cloth. No need for any other forms of washing.