Asked by: Christof Endtner
asked in category: General Last Updated: 12th April, 2020

What side of a coaster do you use?

Design side up, the cork or felt is there to protect the furniture it is sitting on. The decorated (tile) side would just scratch up the surface worse than the glass you put the coaster under! That's how I use them, too, felt side down.

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Correspondingly, what is the proper way to use a coaster?

Many coasters have a picture on the side that is the upside. If both sides are only cork, you can tell which side is the most absorptive for any moisture coming from the glass or cup and use that side. It is best not to worry about which side is up as much as use the coaster for keeping water marks off the furniture.

Similarly, what is the best material for coasters? Absorbent materials: While coasters come in a wide variety of materials, from cotton to cork, some of the most absorbent choices are felt and porous stones like ceramic and sandstone. If you go with one of these materials, your coasters will be able to properly manage any condensation that runs off your glass.

Consequently, what is the point of a coaster?

Coasters protect the surface of a table or any other surface where the user might place a drink. Coasters placed on top of a beverage can also be used to show that a drink is not finished or to prevent contamination (usually from insects). Coasters can also stop hot drinks burning the table surface.

Why is it called a coaster?

Coasters were originally called SLIDERS or DECANTER STANDS in the 18th century and were used as a stand or holder (to prevent moisture damage to a tabletop) or for sliding the container (bottle or decanter) along a tabletop.

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