Post # 1
We do not have room for a kitchen table – the dining room is connected to the kitchen so we eat all of our meals there. We have a beautiful, large wood dining table that was my grandmother’s. Right now we keep the protector pads on it and wipe them down with Clorox Anywhere before eating, and also afterwards to clean up any spills. We need to clean it somehow, and I like Clorox because our cat walks on the table, as much as we try to stop her.
Works ok, I guess, but…
1. I don’t like how it looks.
2. I feel like cleaning spray can get on the table between the cracks, although that doesn’t seem to have happened yet. They also slide around some.
3. I don’t want to eat directly on the bare wood because I feel we will mess it up with daily use of hot food and inevitable spills, plus I don’t think we can use anything sanitizing on the pretty wood.
I put a tablecloth on the table when we have guests but it is typically soiled in at least a few places after we eat, so I feel like I need to wash it.
What do you bees do if a dining room table is where you take all of your meals (and especially if you have a cat) ? Are there any tablecloths out there that are pretty, yet wipeable? Or any other creative solutions?
The table is near a window where the cat likes to sit, so I don’t think we will ever 100% stop her from leaping between them, though we could definitely be more consistent about shooing her off. Thanks!
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House
I added a glass top to mine. But at my moms we had 3 tablecloths that she rotated and when we ate dinner we used placemats on top of the tablecloth and then only if we spilled would we need to change it before the weekly saturday morning clean.
Can you add a glass topper to it?
Post # 3
I’d still probably use real tablecloths for entertaining, but for family I’d toss a vinyl tablecloth over it.
Post # 4
placemats on top of the table cloth…. that are only put out for meals to prevent the cat from walking around on them
Post # 5
What about purchasing a glass top to go on top? You’ll be able to see the beauty of the wood and also keep it clean with just a wipe
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor
I always keep a cloth tablecloth on my table, but they are almost all handmedowns so I am not super careful with them at all. Our cats are not allowed on the table, occasionally they will jump up there but we shoo them off. Our food doesn’t touch the table so we don’t worry about disinfecting it other than washing the tablecloth frequently. Growing up we always used vinyl tablecloths like a PP mentioned. You may have to shop around to find patterns that you like, but they are easy to clean. They are smooth plastic on the printed side, with a felty underside so they are soft against the table. As kids we rotated chores so took turns wiping the table after dinner, usually just with a sponge. Since we have a little one on the way we will most likely be switching to vinyl tablecloths for everyday, but not until baby is eating.
Post # 7
Thanks for your help, everyone. If there are more suggestions, I am all ears.
Post # 8
Use placemats that you set out at every meal. Skip the table protector. It sounds like one my grandma had that was slightly padded. Haha.