How To / 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 dropcloths for the next job. 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 prepping your site.

Here, we give you the rundown of Trimaco’s top 5 drop cloths—and which to use in different situations:

Canvas Dropcloths: Trimaco’s Canvas Dropcloths are tried-and-true, reusable, and always in one piece—no remnants. Consider a weight of 6 ounces for smaller, easier jobs and 12 ounces for heavy duty and absorbent protection. Great for protecting jobsites from dirt, foot traffic, paint, stains and more. Best for non-slip surfaces like carpet, concrete and subfloor.

Stay Put Canvas Slip Resistant Drop Cloth: When you’re working on slippery floors (laminate, tile and hardwood), but still need good protection, use this two-layer slip-resistant cloth—one layer of canvas and one layer of non-slip backing. It absorbs splatters from paint and stain and prevents accidents on the job. The Stay Put Slip Resistant Canvas Dropcloth is 300 percent more slip-resistant than a traditional 8-ounce-weight canvas cloth. The Stay Put Canvas Plus has an added leak resistant plastic layer for ultimate paint spill protection.

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: Got knee pain? We hear you. This thick padded drop cloth will do the trick. For detail-oriented work on trim, molding, tile and more, consider this folding mat dropcloth 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 dropcloth 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 dropcloths 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 for a full selection of options and other products, like masking tape.

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