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Disposable Tablecloths vs. Linen Tablecloths: What’s Better for Your Restaurant?


No matter what tablecloths you choose, you want what’s best to keep your customers happy and coming back to your restaurant. However, you also want to choose products and services that give you the best value for your budget.

No one understands this more than Republic Master Chefs. That’s why we’ve been the leader in restaurant uniform and linen services in Southern California since 1932.

When it comes to picking the perfect tablecloths, what’s going to give you the best value for your dollar? There are two options to choose from: paper/plastic or linen. 

To figure out which one is best for your business, we’ve broken down each option:

Disposable Tablecloths

Paper or plastic tablecloths may seem like an attractive option. They are extremely affordable and make cleanup easy. You don’t have to invest time and money into laundering them. However, while disposable tablecloths can be appealing in the short term, long-term disposable tablecloth use can lead to some issues later on.

Disposable tablecloths, while cheap to buy, will have to be repurchased more often than linen tablecloths. This makes disposable tablecloths inexpensive temporarily but, in the long run, they may end up costing your business more.

Additionally, disposable tablecloths are not environmentally-friendly. The U.S. uses approximately 68 million trees each year to produce paper and paper products. Studies show that Americans are expecting companies to become involved in social and environmental matters, and will be more loyal to a company that supports social or environmental issues.

Linen Tablecloths

Linen tablecloths are more expensive than paper. However, there are many benefits to utilizing them. Linen helps protect your furniture from stains, scratches, and scuffs. They also help reduce excessive noise by providing a thick barrier between your tables and clattering tableware. 

Surveys show that diners have a more positive perception of a restaurant when the table has a nice, linen tablecloth. Linen tablecloths are an easy way to dress up your restaurant and increase customer satisfaction.

Linen tablecloths are not only more expensive to buy, but can be difficult to maintain as they have to be laundered frequently. However, there are ways to get all the benefits of linen tablecloths without breaking your budget or wasting valuable time.

Consider a Linen Service

If you want to invest in high-quality linen tablecloths but are concerned about cost, consider working with a linen rental company like Republic Master Chefs. Working with a rental and laundry service is not only cost-effective, but will be a huge time saver for you and your employees.

Contact Republic Master Chefs for a Free Consultation Today!

At Republic Master Chefs, it starts with a free consultation where you speak with a linen expert and go over your restaurant’s specific linen needs. Together, you pick a rotation schedule that works best for you. Your linens will get picked up from your establishment, cleaned, and delivered back to you quickly and efficiently.

No matter what size your restaurant is, Republic Master Chefs has the quality linens you need to keep your business looking its best. Contact us for a free quote today at (323) 735-1661.