Terms of the Trade: What Is a Drop Cloth? Terms of the Trade: What Is a Drop Cloth?

A drop cloth is something any DIYer should have on hand (in fact, make that several). It's most commonly used when painting a room to protect the flooring from spills. However, they can also be used to protect items from saw dust, to protect outside plants from hazardous materials, and to protect furniture from dust when you'll be gone from the house for extended periods of time. They're typically a cream color and made of a durable canvas material.

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