When buying tablecloths for your patio table, stick to those made of vinyl or a water-repellent fabric, as they are easy to wipe clean and fare the best outdoors. Also, be sure to buy the correct size and shape of tablecloth to fit your patio table. Tablecloths generally have a round, square, rectangular, oval or oblong shape, and fit best, regardless of their size, if they're the same shape as the table they're covering.
Vinyl tablecloths are good for outdoor use, as they're easier to clean than fabric and tend not to fade in the sunlight so easily. They typically don't require washing, because they wipe clean so well. Home Trends' PEVA tablecloth is made of a soft yet durable PVC vinyl that repels stains and doesn't absorb spilled liquids, wiping clean regardless of how long spills stay on it.
Outdoor Living makes tablecloths out of a water-repellent, stain-resistant acrylic fabric called Sunbrella. The color on Outdoor Living's tablecloths never fades from sun or water exposure, as its manufacturers blend the color pigments into the fabric as they made it. These tablecloths come in a wide variety of colors, patterns and sizes. Bardwill Indoor/Outdoor Tablecloth is also made of a water-repellent fabric; it doesn't shrink, fade or pill after washing.