Care Guide for Fabric Placemats: How To Wash and Store

March 1, 2023

Placemats are a functional item that many people use to add style and protection to their dining tables. However, with frequent use and exposure to spills, stains, and other contaminants, placemats can quickly become dirty and worn out if not cared for correctly. In this guide, we'll provide you with practical tips on how to wash and store your placemats, so they remain in good condition and beautiful, ensuring your dining table looks and feels great for years to come. Whether you have a favorite vinyl placemat or a stylish woven one, this guide will help you keep it looking and feeling great.


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The Right Way To Wash Fabric Placemats

Placemats can be made of different materials that require different care. Always check the care label for specific instructions on how to wash the placemats. Here are some general guidelines to help you wash placemats:
Machine Washing Placemats

  1. Check the care label to see if the placemats are machine washable.
  2. Remove any food or debris from the placemats.
  3. Separate the placemats by color and fabric type. For example, wash white or light-colored placemats separately from dark or brightly colored placemats to avoid color bleeding.
  4. Place the placemats in the washing machine and use cold water. Avoid hot water as it can shrink or damage the fabric.
  5. Add a small amount of mild detergent according to the package instructions.
  6. Select a gentle cycle on the washing machine and start the wash cycle.
  7. Wait until the wash cycle is finished, then remove the placemats from the washer.
  8. Hang the placemats on a hanger or lay them flat to air dry. Avoid using the dryer as it can shrink or damage the fabric. If you must use the dryer, use the lowest heat setting and remove the placemats promptly when they are dry.
Handwashing Placemats
If the care label indicates that the placemats should be hand washed, follow these steps:
  1. Fill a sink or basin with cool or lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent.
  2. Submerge the placemats in the water and gently scrub them with your hands.
  3. Rinse the placemats thoroughly under running water to remove all the soap.
  4. Gently squeeze out the excess water. Avoid twisting or wringing the placemats as it can damage the fabric.
  5. Hang the placemats on a hanger or lay them flat to air dry. Avoid using the dryer as it can shrink or damage the fabric. If you must use the dryer, use the lowest heat setting and remove the placemats promptly when they are dry.
Dry Cleaning Placemats
If the care label on your placemats says "Dry Clean Only," take them to a professional dry cleaner. Do not attempt to wash them at home as it may damage the fabric or color. Dry cleaning is a special process that uses solvents to clean delicate fabrics without water. Professional dry cleaners have the knowledge and equipment to handle different types of fabrics and embellishments.

How Often To Wash Fabric Placemats

Placemats are exposed to food, spills, and bacteria. Washing them after every use prevents odors and bacteria buildup.

The Right Way To Store Fabric Placemats

How to Fold Placemats:

  1. Lay the placemat on a clean, flat surface with the front side facing down.
  2. Fold the placemat in half lengthwise.
  3. Fold the placemat in half again widthwise.
  4. Repeat for each placemat, then stack them neatly together in a drawer or on a shelf.

Expert Advice for Maintaining The Quality Of Your Fabric Placemats

To keep your placemats in top shape, it's important to follow the care label instructions and take a few extra steps to protect the fabric. To avoid color bleeding, add a cup of vinegar to the washing machine during the rinse cycle. This helps set the color and prevent bleeding. For delicate fabrics, consider using a mesh bag or hand washing to reduce wear and tear. Avoid washing placemats with heavy or abrasive materials, such as towels or denim, as they can cause pilling or damage to the fabric. To prevent snags, secure any closures before washing, and wash placemats inside out to protect any embellishments or printing. It's also recommended to air dry placemats instead of using a dryer to prevent shrinkage and damage to the fabric. Following these tips will help keep your placemats looking great and lasting longer.


Just a friendly reminder that this care guide for fabric placemats only provides general advice. Your fabric placemats may have specific care requirements based on its material, style, and manufacturer instructions, so always check the care label before washing or storing it. If you're unsure about anything, it's always best to consult a professional cleaner. Please note that the author of this guide is not responsible for any damages or losses resulting from the use or misuse of any information from this blog.

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