How to Flatten a Rolled Map or Poster

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Rolling is a space-saving method for storing all those educational posters and maps for the classroom, but paper holds the curled shape when stored this way for long. Flattening your maps and posters makes them hang better. Handling the paper carefully is key to keeping the educational materials in pristine condition.

Unrolling Maps and Posters

  • Your two options for flattening the paper are rerolling it the opposite direction or using weights to hold it flat. Both methods take several hours or longer to make the poster or map lie flat. Gently remove the poster or map from its storage tube. If the paper is stuck, shake the tube or wiggle the poster slightly to move it down the tube. Check for rubber bands, tape or paper clips that may be holding the poster in the rolled position. For the first method, roll the paper around the tube opposite from how it was rolled before. Roll loosely so you don't crease the paper. Slide rubber bands at either end to hold the paper in the opposite rolled position. To use weights, you need a large, flat surface. Unroll the map or poster on the surface. Place smooth, heavy objects, such as books, on each of the corners. Avoid objects that might leave indentations on the paper, such as heavy jars with sharp edges. Check the paper after several hours by unrolling it from the tube or lifting the weights. If it still curls, give the poster more time to flatten.

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