In the past, we have written about the different types of backdrops and the purpose for them (click here to see). One of the most popular types of backdrops is the muslin backdrop. Muslin backdrops are large woven cotton that are dyed and, many times, contain paintings on it. Because of this, it may be difficult to figure out how to properly store, wash, and treat wrinkles without running the painting or the dye in it.
Here are a few tips on caring for a muslin backdrop to help guide you towards the right direction:
How to properly store it:
Folding these backdrops can cause creasing and even wrinkles, so you want to avoid having to do so. Instead, try rolling it up to minimize the creases. If possible, hang up the backdrop. This is the best way to avoid any creasing or wrinkle.
How to wash it:
Some may use the washer machine in the cooling setting with fabric softener to wash out the backdrop. If there happens to be a stain on the backdrop, your best bet is to avoid putting it through a machine wash. The safest way to remove a dirty stain is to use a washcloth with soap to get rid of it.
How to treat wrinkles:
The best way to get rid of the wrinkles on a muslin backdrop is by hanging it up and allowing for gravity to do its job. If you don’t happen to have the time to wait around for gravity to do its thing, you may also use a steamer. When using a steamer, though, avoid placing the steam head right up against the fabric and rubbing it. Whatever you do, avoid using an iron at all cost. Using an iron can damage the appearance of the backdrop, creating shin spots and, overall, damaging the fabric.
Taking the proper care for your backdrop is very important. For further information or reassurance on how to care for your backdrop, contact Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart!