Teflon Treated vs Acrylic Coated Tablecloths May 31 2014
We recently had a customer who wanted to return one of our tablecloths because she didn't believe it was really Teflon treated. She thought we sent her an untreated tablecloth by mistake. The reason she thought that was because the tablecloth felt so much like natural, untreated cotton. So we decided it was high time to write a blog post about Teflon treated versus acrylic coated tablecloths.
Teflon Treated Tablecloths
All of our Jacquard tablecloths are treated with a product called DuPont Teflon Fabric Protector that causes liquids to bead up and roll off of them, thus making them resistant to spills and stains and easy to wash and dry. With this kind of treatment the protective product permeates all the fibers of the cloth (rather than being applied only to the surface of the fabric). This allows the cloth to retain its suppleness and to "drape" over the corners of a table in a very natural, elegant way. Basically these Teflon treated tablecloths look and feel like natural, untreated, woven cotton. These Teflon treated Jacquard tablecloths are very popular for dining room tables because they are both elegant and practical.
Acrylic Coated Tablecloths
Most of our printed cotton tablecloths are available in coated cotton (as well as uncoated cotton). The coated versions have a clear, thin acrylic coating applied to the surface on one side of the tablecloth that makes them highly resistant to spills and stains and very easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge and a mild cleaning agent. These coated tablecloths are incredibly practical for everyday use and virtually never need to be washed in a washing machine. They're perfect for kitchen tables, breakfast tables and also for outdoor (e.g. patio or deck) tables. Although they don't feel quite as natural as Teflon treated tablecloths, they do feel much more natural and much less "plasticky" than vinyl tablecloths. And, because these tablecloths feature designs that are printed onto the fabric (rather then woven into it), they are available in a number of bright, beautiful, highly detailed designs.