Drop Cloths / Pick the best drop cloth for your project

October 4, 2018

In the course of a year, there are many different jobs. Once you finish a job, it’s easy to default to the same drop cloth for the next one. Not a problem if it’s the same type of job, but if you don’t have a decent variety of cloths on hand, you’re inviting complication—and potential liability—for not properly preparing your site.

Choosing a drop cloth can be tough. We understand there is a wide variety of types and fabrics available. How do you even begin to choose?

What is the best drop cloth?

Lucky for you we are here to help! We’ve compiled a list to give you the rundown of best drop cloths—and which to use in different situations:

Canvas Drop Cloths: Trimaco’s Canvas Drop cloths are tried-and-true, reusable and washable. Consider a weight of 6 ounces for smaller, easier jobs and 12 ounces for heavy duty and absorbent protection. The cotton canvas fabric is perfect for protecting job sites from dirt, foot traffic, paint, stains and more. Best for non-slip surfaces like carpet, concrete and subfloor.

Stay Put Canvas Plus Drop Cloth: When you’re working on slippery floors (laminate, tile and hardwood), but still need good protection, use this three-layer slip-resistant cloth. The top layer is made with absorbent canvas fabric to catch even the messiest spills and splatters. The middle plastic layer eliminates leaks, while the non-slip bottom layer prevents slipping. The Stay Put Canvas Plus Drop Cloth is 300 percent more slip-resistant than a traditional 8-ounce-weight canvas cloth.

Rubber-Duckie Butyl-Coated Backed Drop Cloth: An economical choice that’s also leak resistant and reusable. This butyl drop cloth is great for heavy painting jobs or those that involve liquids.

Trimaco’s Quick Drop: This thick padded drop cloth will do the trick. For detail-oriented work on trim, molding, tile and more, consider this folding mat drop cloth that’s both leak- and tear-resistant. More durable than canvas and made of coated fabric, it’s easy to maneuver and great for touch-ups and smaller projects. Perfect for countertops as well as tile, hardwood and vinyl. Reusable; just fold up and store.

Felt-Back Heavy Duty Canvas Drop Cloth: You may not need this one as often as the others, but if your jobsite requires surface protection for fine furniture, musical instruments and other fragile, easy-to-scratch items, it’s good to have this felt-backed drop on hand. The canvas side protects from basic dirt and debris; the fuzzy side protects from the scratches a traditional cloth could cause.

These five products just cover the surface of what Trimaco offers (so to speak). Repainting a bathroom and rather not remove the toilet? Our toilet covers will make your life easier! As well as economic plastic drop cloths, painters drop cloths, and eco-friendly paper dropcloths. Visit trimaco.com for a full selection of options and other products, like masking tape.

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