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Spandex Table Covers vs. Polyester Tablecloths for Events (Pros/Cons)

Event tablecloths help provide a great background to the décor of a special day. They provide a sophistication and help finish off the room. When a party rental company is looking to get into tablecloth rentals, understanding the pros and cons of spandex table covers vs polyester tablecloths helps ensure the company is prepared for what they're getting themselves into.

Spandex Table Covers vs Polyester Tablecloths

Spandex Table Covers:

  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Most often used for modern cocktail receptions and buffet lines
  • Easy to put on
  • Leg pockets can rip if not properly secured
  • Hard to find a lot of sizes in Canada
  • Can be very expensive depending on the supplier
  • Rentals tend to recoup the initial cost of purchase in 2-3 rentals
  • Hem lines can be surged or hemmed
  • Cannot be bleached

Polyester Tablecloths

  • Require ironing to achieve wrinkle free look
  • Can be bleached if required
  • Easy to put on
  • Most versatile table linen used for seated receptions, cocktail tables and buffet lines
  • Easy to find sizes across Canada in a variety of colours and patterns
  • Rentals tend to recoup the initial cost of purchase in 3 – 4 rentals
  • Hem lines can be surged or hemmed
  • Come in seamed or seamless designs

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that if you’ve never rented out linens before, you need to ensure you have great commercial laundry equipment on premise so you can properly maintain your tablecloth investment. (Even though we don't sell commercial laundry equipment, we wrote a post on the best commercial laundry for party rental companies in Canada to help our customers out with making the decision).

If you have any additional pros or cons of either a spandex table cover or polyester tablecloth that I haven't detailed, let us know by tweeting us at @NatlEventSupply or on Facebook on our timeline.

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