Best Types Of Drop Cloths For Painting Projects

Drop cloths keep paint splatters off furnishings and floors. Don’t start a painting job without first protecting the items in your home or business. When you shop for drop cloths at Chicago Canvas & Supply, you benefit from a great range of fabrics and colors. Plus, we offer bulk pricing to help you save money. Here’s a closer look at what we offer.

Top Reasons to Consider Butyl Rubber Drop Cloths

Before you even start painting, are you going to be removing wallpaper, sanding putty, installing sheetrock, and using joint compound to create seamless corners? Butyl rubber drop cloths are ideal. They keep the dust and mess from getting all over your room. These drop cloths come in a variety of sizes:

  • 5 by 12 feet
  • 5 by 14 feet
  • 9 by 12 feet
  • 12 by 15 feet

Butyl drop cloths clean up with ease. Wipe the cloth with a damp rag or wash it in cold water and hang it outside to dry. That’s all it takes to return the drop cloth to its original state.

The butyl rubber drop cloths are slip-resistant, which makes them handy for placing under ladders and scaffolding. The gripping surface also helps avoid tracking. There are three layers of the rubber coating to make sure these drop cloths are durable and designed to last for years.

Top Reasons to Consider Canvas Drop Cloths

If you don’t need slip-resistant drop cloths, cotton canvas drop cloths are an affordable alternative. The heavy-duty fabric is machine washable for quick clean up after your painting job. They’re absorbent, so if you do spill, you don’t have to worry about the paint getting through to your flooring.

You have several options when selecting the right drop cloth for your needs. First, the drop cloths come in 8, 10, or 12-ounce fabric weights. You also have a fantastic range of sizes that include:

  • 4 by 12 feet
  • 4 by 15 feet
  • 4 by 20 feet
  • 5 by 15 feet
  • 5 by 20 feet
  • 9 by 12 feet
  • 12 by 15 feet
  • 14 by 16 feet

Canvas drop cloths are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. Use them outside to protect shrubs and gardens while painting a deck or house trim. Spread them over your patio while you paint a nearby fence. When you’re done, throw them into your washing machine and dryer.

If you like a splash of color, you can get 10-ounce color canvas drop cloths. The material is 100 percent cotton and absorbs spills to prevent tracking. They’re popular in art studios due to the range of more than 3 dozen colors and a wider selection of cut sizes.

  • 5 by 7 feet
  • 6 by 10 feet
  • 8 by 10 feet
  • 10 by 10 feet
  • 10 by 12 feet
  • 10 by 15 feet
  • 10 by 20 feet
  • 10 by 30 feet
  • 20 by 20 feet
  • 20 by 30 feet

Colors come in just as wide a range. There are multiple shades of green, many reds and pinks, and several blues, browns, and grays.

How Do You Pick Which is Best for Your Needs?

What do you need the drop cloth for? If you’re using it outside, a heavy rubber drop cloth may harm grass and flowers as the rubber heats up in the hot sun. The weight of the rubberized drop cloth can also harm some plants during long painting jobs. That’s why most people prefer cotton canvas drop cloths for outdoor painting jobs.

If you’re painting inside and worry about items like ladders sliding around while you’re many feet above the floor, non-slip drop cloths are safer. If you’re working with clay, stucco, or cement, you won’t want those materials in your drain pipes or washing machine. The ability to wipe up those messes from the butyl finish is a must if you’re doing that type of work before painting.

There’s one more thing to consider. The sizing is estimated. Hems and seams on the final drop cloth may reduce the final measurement by a few inches. For this reason, order a drop cloth that is slightly larger than the area you wish to protect. If your room is 10 feet by 12 feet, a tarp that is 12 feet by 15 feet would definitely cover the entire floor.

Receive free shipping in the contiguous U.S. when you order over $75 in drop cloths. Chicago Canvas & Supply has a large variety of materials, sizes, and weights to make it easy to find the best drop cloths for your needs. Do you have questions? We’re happy to answer them at your convenience through live chat or call us at 1-866-389-2218

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