Linens are fabric goods, such as tablecloths, napkins and slip
cloths. Linen is a material made from the fibers of the flax plant.
Originally, many, such as bed sheets and tablecloths, were made of
linen. Today, the term “linen” has come to be applied to all related
products even though most are made of cotton, various synthetic
materials, or blends. The main items of linen normally found in a
restaurant are: tablecloths; slipcloths; buffet cloths; trolley and
sideboard cloths; and waiter’s cloths or service cloths.
4.9.1 Table Cloths
Table linens made from cotton or linen are not only more
absorbent but also last longer. The fibers don’t pill or pile as easy as
with synthetic table linens and they don’t become shiny when
exposed to an iron’s heat. Egyptian cotton and Irish linen are
considered the finest materials for table linens because of their long,
durable fibers. White is the most popular color for table linens
because it’s considered formal. Table linens in off white or ivory are
also acceptable. A damask (woven) or embroidered pattern is a
perfectly acceptable table cloth.
Types of Tables Size of Tables Size of Table Cloths
Square table 76 cm sq 92 cm sq 137 x 137 cm 183 x 183 cm
Rectangular table 136 x 76 cm 183 x 137 cm
Round table 92 cm diameter 184 cm diameter
Table cloths should be large enough to cover the top as well
as a portion of the legs of a table without interfering with the guest’s
comfort while he is seated at the table.The size of the tablecloth
varies according to the size of the table it is required to cover.
Slip Cloths or Naperones
These are designed to be laid over the tablecloth to protect it
from spillage and give it a longer life. Using a slip cloth reduces the
number of tablecloths used and thus reduces the cost of inventory
and laundry. Slip cloths may measure 1 metre square approximately.