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How to Preserve Your Tablecloth: 5 Tips

Posted on November 7, 2023 by Steven Toltz

Is there anything more elegant and inviting than a beautifully set table? Whether you’re hosting a special celebration, a holiday dinner, or a romantic date night, a pristine tablecloth can set the perfect stage for a culinary masterpiece shared among great company. But if you’re like most people, you’ve probably faced the frustration of stubborn stains or the inevitable wear and tear linens undergo over time. Fear not, because Dependable Cleaners has all the tablecloth preservation tips you’ll need to safeguard your linens and keep them looking brilliant for every meal and event!

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Tablecloth Care Guidelines

Tablecloths are more than just functional pieces of fabric; they’re integral to the ambiance of your dining experience. They protect your table from spills, scratches, and heat while adding a touch of style or festive holiday fun to your setup. Since your tablecloth does such a good job taking care of your table, shouldn’t you return the favor? 

When it comes to extending the lifespan of your tablecloth, a little care goes a long way. Tablecloth cleaning and preservation should always be started by shaking off any debris, and addressing stains promptly by blotting with cold water. Before washing, always check the tag for care instructions, and avoid using harsh chemicals. Keep reading for the best tablecloth cleaning techniques and preservation tips.

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5 Tablecloth Preservation Tips

Tip #1: Don’t Let Stains Sit Too Long 

For stubborn stains on your tablecloth, pre-treat the area with a mixture of mild detergent and water. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then gently scrub with a soft brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly before washing. If this doesn’t work, bring your tablecloth to Dependable Cleaners as soon as possible and inform the cleaning expert as to how you pre-treated the stain.

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Tip #2: Wash Your Tablecloth With Warm Water

If your tablecloth is stain-free and only needs to be washed, follow the care instructions and use your washing machine for regular maintenance cleaning. Wash like-colored linens together to prevent color bleeding, set the machine to warm, and place the tablecloth in when the tank is halfway full. Delicate fabrics may require handwashing.

Added Tip: Using household detergents can sometimes cause more problems, so wash your tablecloth with warm water alone. Steer clear of bleach, as it can weaken and damage the fabric over time.

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Tip #3: Don’t Use Your Dryer

After the tablecloth is washed, refrain from using a machine for drying. You should always air-dry your tablecloth whenever possible to maintain its shape and color. Place the fabric on a flat surface or hang it outside to air dry.

Tip #4: Starch & Press Your Tablecloth

Once you have cleaned and dried your tablecloth and it’s done for the season, we recommend starching and pressing it before storing. You can do this process at home by adding starch to the machine during the rinse cycle and using an old-fashioned iron. When ironing your tablecloth, exercise caution. Use a low to medium heat setting and iron on the reverse side to avoid direct contact with the fabric. Always test a small, inconspicuous area first to avoid damage.

Tip #5 Store Your Tablecloth Properly

When not in use, fold your tablecloth neatly and store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. When storing your linens, you want to make sure that you are using a location that is well ventilated and free of moisture. Avoid using such things as cedar chests, cardboard boxes, and plastic bags.

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How Often Should I Clean My Tablecloth to Preserve It?

Regular cleaning is the cornerstone of tablecloth preservation. By maintaining a consistent cleaning schedule, you not only keep your entertaining linens looking fresh but also extend their lifespan. How often should you clean your tablecloth? Here are some recommendations:

  • After Every Use: For everyday tablecloths that see regular meals, it’s a good practice to give them a gentle shake and brush after each use. This removes crumbs and surface debris and helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded.
  • Every Few Weeks: If your tablecloth is used weekly, consider fully washing it every few weeks. This ensures that any hidden spills or stains are promptly addressed, and the fabric remains clean and vibrant.
  • After Holidays and Special Occasions: For tablecloths reserved for special occasions, such as holidays or dinner parties, it’s vital to wash them after each use. These linens often encounter more spills and stains, so immediate cleaning is key to preserving their pristine condition.
  • Seasonal Cleaning: Some tablecloths may only be used seasonally. In this case, it’s advisable to wash and store them properly at the end of each season to prevent any stains from setting and to ensure they’re ready to impress when the next occasion arises.

Professional Tablecloth Cleaning & Care Services by Dependable Cleaners

Preserving your tablecloth’s beauty and longevity doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, it can be as easy as setting the perfect table. At Dependable Cleaners, we understand the importance of cherished linens and the precious memories they hold. That’s why we’re here to make tablecloth care convenient and stress-free.

Our expert team is dedicated to providing you with professional tablecloth cleaning, drying, starching, and pressing services that bring out the best in your linens. With services like same-day cleaning, 24 hour self-serve kiosks, and our 7-point quality inspection, we’re your ace-in-the-hole for holiday emergencies and last minute party planning — guaranteed! For perfect tablecloth preservation, cleaning, and so much more, give us a call at 303-777-2673, or find one of our convenient Denver area locations today!