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I put a cheap plain white flannel back plastic table cloth over my dining room table then put my nice decorative table cloth over it. The white cover does not show, but protects my table from spills and warm items. Plain white flannel back plastic clothes are hard to find. I usually find them at Dollar General store.
By eiw from Lancaster, PA
I don't use my large dining room table very often, but when I do, I don't like for the heat from the plates to create those hard-to-remove white spots on my table. To prevent this, I decided to use a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth underneath my regular polyester/cotton tablecloth. Since the vinyl cloth was dark blue and my regular cloth was off-white, I simply flipped the vinyl tablecloth over so that the white flannel side faced up. It didn't show through my off-white tablecloth and it prevented the plates from making white spots on my table.