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drop cloth

a sheet of cloth, paper, plastic, or the like laid over furniture and floors for protection while a room is being painted or laid over shrubbery while the exterior of a house is being painted.
Origin of drop cloth
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Protect the ground from paint drips by placing a drop cloth or cardboard on the ground under the surface you are painting.
  • Place tools, equipment and materials needed onto drop cloth.
  • Additional sampling techniques will include drop cloth, sweeping and visual counts of insects on specific plant parts.
  • Then put up a tall canvas or drop cloth on the side that would have the tall buildings.
  • When painting decks or superstructure, paint cans shall be placed in a drip pan on top of a drop cloth or tarpaulin.
  • Place drop cloth on floor up to baseboard at area to be cleaned.

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