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Best Tarp and Drop Cloths for Your Project

Drop Cloths and Tarps

If you ever knock over an entire can of paint, you’ll be glad you took the time to secure a drop cloth.

  • Using drop cloths and tarps is essential to protect your valuables and home furnishings.
  • Drop cloths and tarps are made from different materials, meaning some are better suited for specific tasks than others.
  • Some are disposable, making them ideal for quick, one-shot projects, while others last for years with proper care.
  • Outdoor jobs require a stronger, heavier material to keep them in position against wind and other environmental elements.
  • Some of the most common material types are canvas, plastic, paper and a paper/poly combination.
Drop Cloth and Tarp Types
Everbilt - Drop Cloths
Trimaco - Drop Cloths
Trimaco SuperTuff - Drop Cloths
plastic sheeting
Description Canvas Paper Paper/Poly Plastic
Feature/Benefits Absorbent Reusable Provides nonslip surface Resists tears and punctures Malleable Washable Economical Disposable Absorbent Economical Disposable Absorbent Harder to rip or tear than paper alone Available in light, medium, heavy and extra-heavy weights Heavy-duty plastic is rip-resistant Waterproof Economical Ideal for covering furniture and oddly shaped objects Holes won't set easily
Other Considerations Butyl backing provides slip resistance and makes it hard to puncture Made from recycled cotton fabrics Heavier weight and tighter weave provide greater absorbency Generally more expensive Not suitable for multiple uses May tear or rip under harsh conditions Better for indoor use Not suitable for multiple uses May tear or rip under harsh conditions Better for indoor use Lightweight plastic is ideal for simple indoor painting projects Medium-weight plastic can be used indoors and out Extra-heavy weight plastic protects against chemical solvents Doesn’t absorb paint Weigh down edges when working outside to avoid plastic blowing away May be cut or punctured Sheets with textured designs contain paint spills better

In addition to protecting your home during paint jobs, sheeting and tarps can protect compromised roofs, lawn and garden equipment and outdoor furniture.

  • Extra-heavy plastic sheeting can be used to protect boats, trailers and for a variety of landscaping and construction applications.
  • Mesh tarps can be used in situations to provide equal amounts of shade and airflow when waterproofing isn’t a concern.
  • Tarps can keep things dry, such as firewood stored outdoors, or in an emergency to create a canopy during inclement weather.
  • Drop cloths can also be used to help you haul away leaves and grass clippings from your yard.