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 UpTry 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 SteamerUse 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.
Use a Washer and DryerIf 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 BottleHang 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.
Avoid IroningDo not use an iron on muslin. The heat from the iron will create shiny spots on the fabric that will ruin the backdrop.
StorageNow 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.
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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