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Remember always to allow for a drop when you order a tablecloth. The drop you want is up to you but we think that the preferred drop is between 6” ( 15cm) - 8” (20cm) each side. That means you have to add 12” (30cm) - 16” (40cm) to the size of the table. If the table is 92cm x 92cm you need a tablecloth that is between 122cm x 122cm and 132cm x 132cm. For a round table if the diameter is 60cm then you require a 90 to 100cm diameter cloth.

Obviously for the table protector you need to order the size of the table as there should not be any drop.


When an oilcloth is bought folded there will be creases. Some pvc tablecloths crease more than others. A vinyl cloth will have significant creases and these will not relax completely over time. An oilcloth will have less creases and if you apply a light iron with a cloth on the reverse these creases will largely relax over time. Sometimes with plain colours the creases will be pronounced particularly where the folds meet.

We always recommend buying the cloth on a cardboard core so that the cloth arrives crease free. Its more expensive but it is a worthwhile expense.


An acrylic or polyurethane coated or impregnated cloth.
These have excellent handle and can be laundered but they are not suitable for heavy restaurant use. They are susceptible to staining and can be difficult to iron. They will lose their properties over time. Often these cloths simply repel liquids and are not really stain resistant.

A printed laminated PVC similar to our Vinyl range.
These are totally synthetic with a base polyester or polypropylene mesh or felt laminated onto a printed PVC. The American market tends to use a felt base while the Europeans generally use a mesh. They are suitable for Home use.

A PVC coated cloth or oilcloth.
The base cloth can be 100% cotton, 100% polyester or a blend of the two. This cloth is then coated with PVC. These cloths are more suitable to heavy use as in a restaurant and are stain resistant to a wide range of foodstuffs. These are the modern version of oilcloths that originally were treated on one side with a drying oil or synthetic resin.


The variables that affect PVC coated textile or oilcloth are the base cloth and the PVC coating. The PVC coating has three main variables. The correct combination of these determines the final appearance of the PVC tablecloth.

Thickness of the PVC: Too thick and you have a piece of canvas. Too thin and you have no body.

Hardness of the PVC: The harder the PVC the stronger and more hardwearing it is. But too hard and you have a piece of cardboard and not a textile cloth.

Sheen of the PVC: The sheen ranges from gloss to matt.

A thick hard gloss PVC coating is the most hardwearing. A thick soft gloss PVC gets tacky and deteriorate quickly.

The type of base textile also affects the final feel of the cloth.


Oilcloths do not need to be hemmed. They may fray slightly but this is not really noticable in everyday use.

For Cafe's and Restaurants hemming makes the oilcloths look more professional and elegant. Hemming prolongs the life of a tablecloth that comes under constant use.

We will hem for restaurant orders of 5 or more. These orders are taken seperately as their is an extra cost for hemming.


The Vinyl cloths are 100% synthetic and so will not fray. The pvc coated cloths or oilcloths are a fabric that has been coated with pvc. This keeps the threads of the fabric together and prevents them fraying. But over time depending on how they are treated they may start to fray. The odd loose thread may appear. Simply snip this off. Use shears if necessary.


We often join cloths to achieve sizes larger than the natural width of the cloth. You will see images of circular cloths that are 220cm in diameter. We achieve this by joining the cloths. This is an expensive process and so we will only join cloths for order of over 5 cloths only one of which need be joined. Please note that joined cloths are not fully waterproof and we try our best to make the seam on the drop. But this is not always possible.


Checks are not always straight. This is not a fault. In a garment this is not always visible as on a flat surface of a table. The problem arises at printing AND coating and is impossible to eliminate.

The colour of a design that is seen on the computer screen or on paper can never reproduce the colour of the actual product.

We always insist that our customers see a piece of the cloth before ordering. Unfortunately home owners that buy single cloths online have to remember that we try our best to scan but that the final product may be slightly different from what is seen on the screen. Always ask for a sample.

Cloths from different dyelots will be slightly different in colour.

PVC tablecloths that are delivered folded will be creased. It depends on your point of view if a folding crease is unsightly or simply indicates that something is new. We suggest that customers select the option to deliver on a cardboard core as this eliminates creases. Creases will relax over time but not completely. You can remove some creases by ironing on the cloth side using a cloth for protection and on a very low heat. Not more than 60 degree centigrade.


A PVC tablecloth is not a table protector. It is stain resistant and not heat resistant. PVC will start to soften at around 90ºC so it is not advisable to place hot plates directly from the oven, hob or microwave onto the tablecloth.

Certain products will permanently stain the PVC. Some do so the longer they are left on the cloth. Turmeric in curry is a dye and will stain the cloth quickly and permanently. Tomato based sauces, tea and coffee can also stain if left on to long. Lipstick, crayons, nail varnish and damp newspaper print will stain the cloth. Wipeclean after the meal and use common sense. Wet newsprint will stain an oilcloth.

Wipeclean using a cloth with water and a little detergent. This will clean and maintain hygiene.

Do not dry clean.

Do not launder or hand wash.

Do not iron on the coated side. An iron on low heat setting on a cloth on the uncoated side will help remove creases. Creases on their own will disappear partly over time.

The cloth will degrade if left outside in the elements. Sunlight will affect the colour.


Because of the different types of Lacquers it is impossible to prevent heat marks on all surfaces. A soft French cellulose lacquer can mark at wet temperatures under 40 degrees centigrade.

The Roma table protector is designed to protect modern tabletops from heat. The material itself will withstand temperatures of about 90 degrees centigrade and then start to deform. It will protect modern tabletops up to about 80 degree centigrade.

We can not guarantee the effectiveness against all wooden tables due to the different types of wood and laquers used. Always use a table mat if you are unsure.

Never place plates direct from the oven, hob or microwave onto the table protector. Always use a table mat if you are unsure.

Do not leave the table protector with the embossed side directly onto the tabletop for any length of time.

A table protector is not stain proof. It is designed to provide moderate protection against heat and bumps and knocks.

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