Oil cloths - Designer or home made?
Many companies advertise a real oil cloth. Older people who remember these fabrics adorning the tables of their mothers or grandmothers know that the real oilcloth being sold in stores or online bears no resemblance to the actual product.These newer products are often made out of synthetic plastics. While the plastics allows these products to last longer, they are not as good for the environment as the genuine article. Someone who wants to make a real oilcloth should know which oilcloth fabric to use, what the advantages of these fabrics are, and how to put the product together.
Which Fabrics Do I Use?
Modern reproductions typically use PVC or vinyl. The older versions and authentic reproductions do not use plastics or petroleum-based products. They use canvas, duck cloth or even old fashioned cotton. While these materials are more expensive, they do not have as many of the downsides of the modern reproductions. They are slightly harder to clean in certain circumstances, but the oil used to coat the product makes it slightly easier to wipe the product off. Sometimes the oils are a waxy substance, other times they using mineral oil. Many people have their own mixtures.
The Advantages of Traditional Oilcloth Fabric
Traditional oilcloth fabric is completely biodegradable. After a certain amount of time in a landfill, it will return to the soil. The original owner would only find dirt if she went to find it. The materials that comprise the modern version will remain. The tablecloth may or may not be in the same shape. Owners who worry about environmental concerns should switch the biodegradable version as soon as possible. They may also want to recycle the original product when it reaches the end of its useful life.
Making Your Own designer oilcloth
Some people will buy designer oilcloths from the Internet, their favorite store or specialty places. People who are into arts and crafts may decide to make their own instead. The process begins with acquiring the right materials. Canvas or cotton are the easiest to obtain. The person then must decide on the designs. Some manufacturers put the design into the cloth, some people choose to paint the cloth themselves. If they do this, they need to make sure to use waterproof paints. Mixing the oil that covers and protects the fabric takes some time and experimenting with the right mixtures. Many people use olive oil as the base.
Designer oilcloths may be a current retro trend, but they do not show signs of slowing down shortly. Homeowners who decide to give into the trend do not need to worry that they will be left with a useless item. If the cloth does go out of style, it can be relegated to a child's room, a cabin, or given to the local second hand store. If the owners of the cloths feel sentimental toward the object, they may decide to keep it. If all else fails, they can throw the oilcloth fabric away without feeling guilty.