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.

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

Lay the canvas item flat on a clean surface.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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