Care Guide for Tablecloths: How To Wash and Store

February 19, 2023

Tablecloths are an important part of any dining room or kitchen, adding style and protection to your tables. From cotton to linen, tablecloths come in a range of materials that require specific care to maintain their quality. Improper care can lead to staining, shrinking, or even damage to the fabric. If you want to keep your tablecloths looking and feeling great, it's essential to follow the proper washing and storing methods. In this guide, we'll provide you with some essential tips on how to wash and store your tablecloths, so you can always have a clean and attractive tablecloth to complement your dining experience.


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The Right Way To Wash Tablecloths

Washing Tablecloths in the Washer

  1. Sort your tablecloths by color and fabric type.
  2. Pre-treat any stains by applying a small amount of detergent or stain remover directly to the affected area.
  3. Place the tablecloths in the washer, making sure not to overload the machine.
  4. Select a gentle cycle and use cold water to avoid shrinkage or color fading.
  5. Add a small amount of detergent according to the package instructions. Use a mild detergent for delicate fabrics or white tablecloths.
  6. Start the wash cycle and wait until it's finished.
  7. Remove the tablecloths from the washer and reshape them if necessary.
  8. Hang the tablecloths to air dry or place them in the dryer using a low heat setting.
Handwashing Tablecloths
  1. Fill a clean sink or basin with cool or warm water and add a small amount of mild detergent.
  2. Submerge the tablecloths in the water and gently scrub them with your hands to distribute the soap.
  3. Rinse the tablecloths thoroughly under running water to remove all the soap.
  4. Squeeze out the excess water gently, being careful not to wring or twist the fabric.
  5. Hang the tablecloths to air dry or lay them flat on a clean surface, flipping them occasionally until completely dry.
Dry Cleaning Tablecloths
If the care label on your tablecloth says "Dry Clean Only," take it to a professional dry cleaner. Do not attempt to wash it at home as it may damage the fabric or color.

How Often To Wash Tablecloths

Tablecloths can be stained with food and drink spills, and can also harbor germs and bacteria. They should be washed after every use to maintain hygiene and to prevent stains from setting in.

The Right Way To Store Tablecloths

How to Fold Tablecloths

  1. Lay the tablecloth on a flat surface.
  2. Fold it in half lengthwise.
  3. Fold it in half again lengthwise.
  4. Fold it in half one more time lengthwise.
  5. Hang it over a hanger or lay it flat in a drawer or on a shelf.
  6. Smooth out any wrinkles or creases.

How to Hang Tablecloths
  1. Choose a hanger that fits the size of the tablecloth.
  2. Hang the tablecloth over the hanger, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles or creases.

Expert Advice for Maintaining The Quality Of Your Tablecloths

To keep tablecloths in top shape, it is important to follow a few practical tips. First, be sure to check the care label instructions for the appropriate washing and drying methods. For example, some tablecloths may require delicate or gentle cycles, while others may need to be air-dried instead of machine-dried. Using a mild detergent can help prevent damage to delicate fabrics, and using a stain remover on any spots or stains can prevent them from setting in. To prevent wrinkles, it is best to remove the tablecloths from the dryer while they are still slightly damp and then iron or press them as needed. It is also a good idea to fold or hang tablecloths immediately after washing to prevent creases or wrinkles from setting in. Investing in a mesh laundry bag can also protect delicate fabrics from damage during the washing cycle. Lastly, be sure to store clean tablecloths in a dry, cool place to prevent mildew or moisture damage.


Just a friendly reminder that this care guide for tablecloths only provides general advice. Your tablecloths 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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