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View Poll Results: Place mats or Tablecloth?
We use place mats for meals. 6 37.50%
Our table is always covered with a tablecloth. 0 0%
We use tablecloths for special occasions only. 0 0%
We don't use either on our table. 3 18.75%
We use both place mats and tablecloth on our table. 7 43.75%
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Old 04-04-2005, 05:57 AM
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Place Mats or Tablecloth?

Do you set your family dinner table with place mats or a table cloth?
How do you set your table to keep it looking nice when there are kids in the family?

We eat in the dining room as our kitchen is too small to accommodate a family of 5. We have a nice dining table that I inherited from my grandmother and she was always meticulous about keeping it clean & pretty. So of course I feel bad every time I get a spill on it.

I had a flannel-backed plastic table cloth on it but those tend to rip. Cloth table cloths will have to be laundered I dug out some plastic place mats and put those on the table. We'll see how things go.
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:08 PM
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I use both table cloths and place mats.

I like the look of tablecloths and use place mats to keep it clean. I have extra place mats that I put in the centre of the table during meals to keep the cloth as clean as possible. I usually only need to wash them every two weeks or so.

I have tried the flannel lined plastic ones but my cats like them more than I do - so they end up looking pretty tattered fast.

Some ways to keep your table cloth cleaner longer are
1) using a clear plastic covering made for protecting tablecloths. My grandmother used this on all her home crocheted clothes to keep them nice looking.

2) A sheet of glass or plexiglass ove the tablecloth. I have thought of this before but never went to the trouble to have one cut to fit. We have an oval table with a leaf and I always thought I would like a pane of glass cut to fit the top. Now I just don't want the extra work of windexing the finger prints.

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Old 04-04-2005, 01:23 PM
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Placemats when I think about it.
Of course when my parents are over they are always on the table. Mom makes these to sell at craft shows-she'd be mad if I didn't use hers! Not a store bought one in the house.
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Old 04-05-2005, 06:31 AM
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Have you tried getting a big piece of the clear plastic to put over the cloth table cloths?

I was going to try one, due to getting tired of washing the cloth ones daily. But, my cats had other plans. They decided that a table cloth makes a wonderful playground, and would pull it off the table, along with everything on the table!!

So, currently I don't use any type of table cover. But, do love the look of a table cloth.
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Old 04-05-2005, 07:10 PM
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Table clothes--love them. Always cotton blend cloth ones. I'd rather just scoop one thing up and plop it in the laundry basket than wash up placemats after every meal and snack. When I seen new ones on sale that go with the color in my kitchen or family room I snag one up. I currently have four that I rotate using.
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Old 04-08-2005, 07:36 PM
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I always have my kitchen table covered with a tablecloth, simply because the table is always sticky! No, it's not dirty - I wipe it all the time. Maybe someone can help me with this....

It's a wooden table, but cheap wood. I think the type might be some kind of fake "wood". No matter what I clean it with - plain water, spray cleaners, Murphy's oil soap, even club soda (a friend told me to try this) - nothing works. It constantly has a sticky feel to it.

Anyway, right now I have the table covered in a light blue tableloth with a smaller white square cloth set in the middle of the table, diamond-shaped. Then I have four medium blue colored placemats with dark blue swirly designs on them over the top of the light blue and the white - pretty!

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Old 04-09-2005, 04:18 AM
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Sounds like a very pretty table, Melanie!

I am wondering if the way to fix your "sticky" finish would be to sand the table down and refinish it with a new stain or polyurethane or even paint. You seem to have tried EVERYTHING else!
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Old 04-09-2005, 09:19 AM
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I use a padded foarm covered in vinyl pad on the bottom to keep the top protected from dents. Then I have a colored tablecloth on, a heavy lace crocheted one on top of that. Then, clear vinyl on top. It is so inexpensive at Walmart, I just use till it looks yucky and buy a new piece. I have a table runner and matching placemats that I made and quilted on top. The placemats are washed and put back on.
On the runner, I keep a basket with napkins on the table and a set of salt and pepper shakers. Can't stand hunting things down when I want them. I put on somesort of porcelain figures, or a little ceramic pie, or something decorative, too.
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Old 04-09-2005, 07:29 PM
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We use tablecloths for holidays and special days. I have bought placemats but they don't get used more than once.
Normally our table it covered with clutter, it's usually used as a storage area until dinner time and sometimes even then since we don't always have dinner in the dining room all together.
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Old 04-09-2005, 08:11 PM
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I have given up on table cloths and place mats. I have four boys ages 11,6,4,3. It never fails that a drink gets spilt or something.
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