“Marche Provence...Fabrics Care Guide”

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Fabric Care for Tablecloths, Placemats, Napkins and Aprons

Spot Removal Tips on New Acrylic Coated Print Cotton Tablecloths...

A newly purchased coated tablecloth will have some creases. These can be easily removed by light warm ironing on the reverse side, or they will gradually disappear via gravity when put on your table, and the folding creases just flatten out.  If you get a dried stain on a coated printed cotton tablecloth and it seems hard to clean off (even News Print Stains), our customers are advising the use of “Goo Gone” cleaner....cost about $2 for a 2 oz bottle at stores!


Uncoated Cotton Printed Tablecloths * Kitchen Dish Towels * Placemats * Napkins * Aprons…

Machine wash in cold or warm water with delicate cycle.  Never use bleach or any added detergent boosters or stain remover additive with Provence plain cotton or printed cotton table linens.  Use only a front load tumble washing machine on delicate cycle, rather than a top load machine, which uses a back and forth agitator, which can cause damage or fatigue to fine fabrics and sewing seams and hems.  (Top load agitator washing machines are in general very abusive to most fabrics because of the "back and forth" stress on garments and linens.)  Tumble dry on low temperature setting or hang dry for best results.  Some warm ironing may be required.


Coated Cotton Tablecloths… Acrylic Coated Stain Proof Fabric

EZ-Care Acrylic Coated Tablecloths "Can Last Forever"!  In a 2017 Survey we conducted by talking with over 100 of our Senior Age Lady Customers, who have purchased and used Provence & French Country tablecloths that are Made in France going back 20 or more years of using Acrylic Coated tablecloths versus Plain Cotton" are saying: "These coated cloths never wear out!  The average comment is that coated last 3 times longer. Why....It is because there is no need to ever wash a coated tablecloth in a washing machine.  If you just wipe away any liquid spills immediately during use, then the spill will not dry on the coated cloth surface and get down into the thread crevices of the coated fabric surface."  Wiping up spills immediately make dining life so EZ because when dinner is over, just wipe off the cloth surface with a damp cloth and let dry, and put the cloth away.  It is the lack of need to ever wash the coated cloth in a washing machine that preserves the cloth's usable life span to "Forever".  Washing any fine fabric in a washing machine frequently breaks done the cloth fibers and sewn-in hemming...that is what shortens the life of most table linens.  These opinions come from face to face conversation with our customers at Botanic Garden Events & French Farmers Markets.  These ladies live in states like Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, Illinois, New York and have a broad mix of climate conditions with 1st, 2nd & 3rd homes, and who do a lot of dinner parties indoors and outdoors.


Acrylic Coating has stain proof coating for EZ Care.  Stains won't penetrate the linens. Just wipe off.  No washing necessary!  Use wet cloth to clean or wipe off the spills as soon as they occur....Do not let a spill dry on to the tablecloth!  These cloths can be periodically machine washed in cold or warm water in a front load tumbler washer on delicate cycle without losing the coating.  Never add bleach or any added stain remover to the washer with Provence table linens.  Use of a top load agitator washing machine is not advised, rather use only a front loading washer and on gentle or delicate cycle.  Hang to dry, please iron, if necessary, on the "reverse side" only with a warm iron.  Do not dry clean coated cotton fabrics.


Jacquard Tablecloths, Pillow Covers in 100% Cotton or 60/40 Poly/Cotton:  If you use a washing machine, use only a front load tumbler washer on the most gentle or delicate cycle.  Never use of a top load back and forth agitator washing machine because the agitation can damage Provence fine fabrics.  Hand washable in cold or warm water.  Gentle machine wash in cold or warm water.  Tumble dry on low temperature setting or hang dry for best results.  Iron on warm to low setting on the reverse of pattern side only.  Can be dry-cleaned. 

Please check and follow any French Fabric Care Symbols shown on printed on the “Sewn in Tag” on your fabric product.   If no Fabric Care Symbol tag is attached, then follow the care directions and precautions presented above.


Jacquard Teflon Treated Cotton Woven Tablecloths and Table Runners:  The Teflon Treated Thread used in weaving the linens are “Fully Stain Proof” which means that any liquid spills on the fabric will “Bead Up”, so you can just “Blot Up” any spill with a paper towel or napkin. So….You may never need to wash this fabric….unless to allow a liquid spill to dry on it, which allows the liquid to penetrate between the Teflon Treated Stain-Proof threads.  Spot Washing or a Full Machine washing would then be required.  Wash only in a Front Load Washer in Cold water and Delicate setting….Dry in a Warm Setting Dryer.