Wrinkled canvas is harder to press flat than most fabrics.

How to Get Wrinkles Out of Canvas

by David Lipscomb

Canvas is a durable, thicker fabric, used from everything from totes to curtains. However, the thick weave -- while desirable from an aesthetic and longevity perspective -- makes it somewhat difficult to get perfectly flat. Creases and wrinkles that commonly occur on unrolled canvas are removable, but plan on investing a little time for the process.

1 Mix water and 1 cup white vinegar in a standard-size spray bottle. The bottle should be close to full.

2 Lay the canvas item flat on a clean surface.

3 Saturate the material with the water and vinegar combination. Let this set in for a few minutes.

4 Hang the canvas fabric or article on a clothesline at the very end, using clothespins. Keep it out of direct sunlight if the piece has rich color in order to prevent fading.

5 Set your iron to its highest setting, usually reserved for cotton and linen.

6 Place the article on the ironing board. Lay the damp cloth over the fabric.

7 Press firmly on the canvas fabric with the iron, constantly moving the iron to prevent scorching your cloth.

8 Repeat the process until the item is satisfactorily smooth and flat.

Items you will need

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • Spray bottle
  • Clothesline
  • Clothespins
  • Damp clean cloth
  • Steam iron
  • Ironing board


  • Store excess canvas fabric on a roll rather than folded flat to help prevent future wrinkling.

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