How to Get Wrinkles Out of Tablecloths

Tablecloths are a staple for any event’s dining experience, whether it’s a casual get-together or an elegant affair. Wear and tear from use and improper storage can cause wrinkles on your linens. Wrinkles can quickly take away from the overall appearance of your table setting. 

It’s important to treat your linens with care and attention to get the most out of your event linens. This guide will teach you methods on how to get wrinkles out of tablecloths to get a polished look for your big day. 

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Methods of Getting Wrinkles out of Tablecloths

Making sure your tablecloths look crisp and neat on your party can be a challenge. Here are some of the common methods you can use to get wrinkles out of table linens. 

1. Ironing

Ironing is a tried and tested method for removing wrinkles from fabric tablecloths. Lay your tablecloth flat on an ironing board and iron out the wrinkled area.

You may also spray some water on the wrinkled area before ironing so that the surface will be easier to work with.

2. Tumble Drying

Tumble drying is a convenient option for quickly removing wrinkles from tablecloths. Dampen the tablecloth slightly and place it in the dryer on a low heat setting. This method is sure to get stubborn wrinkles out of your tablecloths. 

3. Steaming

Steaming is a gentle yet effective method for removing wrinkles from tablecloths. This method works well as there is less risk of damage from direct heat. Hang the tablecloth and use a handheld steamer on the wrinkled area. Be sure to air-dry the fabric for a few hours.

4. Wrinkle-Release Spray

A wrinkle-release spray is a convenient solution for eliminating wrinkles, especially when other methods are not an option. Simply spray the product evenly over the tablecloth. Use your hands to smooth out the wrinkles, then allow it to air dry. Keep in mind though that this method will not work on deep wrinkles.

Whether you prefer convenience or precision, there’s a solution that fits your needs. These methods in your tablecloth care routine can ensure your table linens always look their best. With little effort and attention to detail, you can enjoy smooth and wrinkle-free tablecloths for every occasion. 

How to Get Rid of Wrinkles Depending on Fabric Material

To remove tablecloths, use the methods mentioned. Consider the material of your table linen for best results. Different fabrics may require specific techniques to avoid damage. Here’s a quick guide on how to get wrinkles out of different types of tablecloth fabric.

Polyester Tablecloth

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Polyester is a commonly used fabric especially for weddings and birthday parties because it's an affordable and versatile option. Knowing how to get wrinkles out of polyester tablecloths is a great way to achieve a polished look on many occasions. 

Polyester is sensitive to heat which can cause it to melt or be damaged. To get rid of wrinkles, you can use a steam iron at low temperatures to indirectly apply heat to remove wrinkles.

If you don’t have a steam iron, you can also hang your polyester tablecloth and turn on your shower with the heating on. Place your linens inside or near your shower area. This will create an atmosphere of steam that will relax the fibers of your polyester linen.

Vinyl Tablecloth

Vinyl fabric is a synthetic material that has a similar appearance and texture to leather. Vinyl can be prone to wrinkles and creases, especially from folding.

The easiest way to get wrinkles out of vinyl tablecloths is to lay them out on a flat surface under the sun. The heat from sunlight will remove the wrinkles. This is a cheap and easy way to get rid of wrinkles on vinyl without using an iron.

Vinyl burns easily so you will want to stay away from directly ironing it. You can use a hair dryer on low heat during the rainy season. If you have a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth, make sure to use the hair dryer on the side of the flannel fabric. This is to avoid damaging your table linens.

Plastic Tablecloth

Using cheap plastic tablecloths is a budget-friendly option for style parties and celebrations. However, plastic linens can be difficult to maintain. Get wrinkles out of plastic tablecloths by hanging them outside on a clothesline and letting the heat from the sun relax the wrinkles. Let it hang outside for about a day to make sure you get a clean look.

You can also use a hair dryer on low heat to get rid of wrinkles. Just make sure to keep a safe distance from the plastic to avoid burns and holes. 


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Delicate fabrics like satin or silk may be more susceptible to heat damage so you may have to stay away from direct heat when removing wrinkles. If you’re using an iron, place a towel on top of your saint fabric and iron on low heat.

Make sure to control the temperature just enough to get rid of wrinkles. Satin can easily burn so make sure to set your iron between 230 to 302 degrees.

Wondering how to get wrinkles out of satin tablecloths without a flat iron? You can also opt to use a steam iron. Alternatively, you can hang your satin tablecloth and run a hot bath with the door open. Let the warmth from the steam get rid of the wrinkles easily.


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Sequins are delicate materials that can melt when ironed. To get rid of wrinkles on sequined tablecloths, make sure to use a steam iron positioned 12 inches away from the linens. Make sure to steam the fabric backing side of your tablecloth and not the side with the sequin. 

These are some of the easiest ways to rid your tablecloths of wrinkles and get a posh look at your next event. Be sure to use the right approaches to different fabric materials to make your linens last longer. With the right methods, you can say goodbye to wrinkles and party in style.

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