How to Remove Wrinkles From a Framed Poster

Written by brynne chandler
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Artwork comes in many forms, and one of the most popular is printed posters. Movie posters were made to be disposable, so they are not very durable. Framing them is a good way to keep them preserved, but improper framing can result in slippage, which can cause wrinkles. It's easy to fix wrinkled posters if you work carefully and slowly. You don't need any special equipment to get wrinkles out and repair creases, just a little time and some patience.

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Things you need

  • Folded cotton sheet or cotton pillowcase
  • Fine spray mister
  • Water
  • Steam iron
  • Heavy books
  • Flat, hard surface (table or countertop)
  • Foam-core or cardboard (optional)

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    Remove the poster from its frame.

  2. 2

    Look at how the poster is attached to the mat. If it is dry-mounted, the poster will not be attached to the mat. If the poster is glued to the mat, you need to take it to a professional to avoid making the wrinkles worse.

  3. 3

    Place the poster face down on a flat, hard surface like a table or counter and cover it with a cotton sheet folded in half, or a cotton pillowcase.

  4. 4

    Lightly mist the pillowcase with water. Use the finest setting and do not get it too wet.

  5. 5

    Set your steam iron to the lowest setting and run it lightly over the sheet or pillowcase. Do not use the "instant steam" or spray feature if your iron has those; just let the damp heat do its work. Check your progress every few seconds to see if the wrinkles are coming out and to make sure you are not damaging the poster.

  6. 6

    Leave the sheet or pillowcase on the poster and carefully set heavy books on top to keep it flat. Make sure you don't slide the books along the poster, or you may cause new wrinkles or creases. Leave it overnight.

  7. 7

    Repeat the process if there are any wrinkles left. If not, then put the poster back in its frame.

Tips and warnings

  • Dry-mounted posters sometimes wrinkle because there's space between the poster and the glass. Use foam-core or cardboard to fill in this space when you reframe the poster.
  • Never try this on a poster that is irreplaceable, or on original artwork that could smear or run if dampened.

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