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How to Get Wrinkles Out of a Muslin Backdrop | Backdrop Express

How to Get Wrinkles Out of Your Muslin Backdrop

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Photography Backdrops, Studio Equipment

Muslin BackdropsFeaturing: Atlantis Hand Painted Muslin | Photo by Ryan Walsh

Muslin is a fabric that is used by many photographers as a backdrop during photo shoots. This type of photo backdrop is made of a woven cotton and can be dyed just about any color desired. Muslin is a heavy fabric that offers a unique, textured background.

There is a great chance that your muslin backdrop will become wrinkled in an undesirable way during shipping and storage. Though sometimes you want the backdrop to look wrinkled for artistic affect, you do not want a large crease through the center of it. Because there are circumstances that cannot be avoided that cause such drastic creases and folds in a muslin backdrop, it is highly important to understand how to properly get wrinkles out of muslin.

Hang It Up

Try to allow the wrinkles to fall out naturally by hanging the muslin backdrop up. It may take a few days for the wrinkles to fall out and the muslin may not be completely wrinkle free.

Use a Steamer

Use a handheld fabric steamer to help get the wrinkles out of the backdrop. Handheld steamers come in handy when you are short on time and cannot wait while the fabric hangs for a couple of days. When using the steamer do not rub the fabric with the steam head.

Muslin BackdropsFeaturing: Deep Sea/Blue Valley Reversible Muslin | Photo by Johansson Studio

Use a Washer and Dryer

If desired, wash your muslin background in the washing machine using a cool setting and fabric softener. Then hang the backdrop up and allow to dry naturally. If you do not want to wash your backdrop you can still place it in the dryer with a moist lint-free piece of fabric. Dry for approximately 20 minutes and then hand up. Try not to over-dry the muslin or you will see shiny spots appear on the fabric.

Use a Water Bottle

Hang the muslin backdrop on a clothes line or backdrop stand. Spray some water onto the backside of the fabric to moisten. Smooth wrinkles out with hand or backside of a hair brush.

Muslin BackdropsFeaturing: Gray Skies Crushed Muslin | Photo Courtesy of Pamela James Photography

Avoid Ironing

Do not use an iron on muslin. The heat from the iron will create shiny spots on the fabric that will ruin the backdrop.


Now that you have your muslin backdrop wrinkle free it is time to understand how to properly store it. If possible leave hanging up in between photo shoots. Should your backdrop need to be stored or moved, roll it up. This will reduce the amount of creases and noticeable wrinkles in the fabric when unrolled and set up.

RPEB  Pewter Ebony Reversible Muslin (Contest Submission)Featuring: Pewter/Ebony Reversible Muslin | Photo Courtesy of Ira Idelson Photography

Remember, the proper usage and storage of your photography backdrops will ensure they last longer. But the most important purpose of proper care is to ensure your photos appear professional and eye catching.

What method works easiest for you to store your muslin backdrop wrinkle free?

-Backdrop Express Photography Team

Interested in learning more about muslin? Check out Why Should You Use Muslin Backdrops?

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Comments (3)

  • Jon Erdmann


    Great advice, will try using this when I get set up to do indoor shoots.


  • Amparo


    Great article.


  • Linda H


    Go to a flooring store or to your local hardware and ask for empty, heavy duty, cardboard tubes. These are left overs from rolls of carpet or other flooring. They are 12′ long, so be prepared with how to transport them! They are perfect for rolling up muslins for storage.


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