A wrinkled tablecloth makes a terrible centerpiece.
There’s so much to think about when running a restaurant or throwing a gathering at home. Presentation is everything. The last thing hosts want to worry about is guests eating off of wrinkled tablecloths -- and forming the wrong impression.
Ironing is off the table.
Using an iron to smooth out tablecloth wrinkles takes time and is a cumbersome process. Restaurants with dozens of tables don’t have the hours or space to spare. And with food to prepare and rooms to clean, homemakers can’t afford to spend time at the ironing board removing tablecloth wrinkles.