How to Straighten Pages That Are Folded

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Paper can get easily creased or folded from simply moving it from one location to the next. This can be very inconvenient if the paper is important and you wish to keep it in pristine condition. Whether it is an essay you need to hand in, the pages of a book you borrowed or just important pieces of paper you need neat and tidy, there are ways to straighten the paper. The best way to do this is by ironing.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tea towels
  • Iron
  • Heavy book
  • Lay a tea towel on a flat surface. Place the folded page or pages on top of this towel and then place another tea towel over the top. This towel will protect your paper from direct heat.

  • Turn the iron onto low heat. Turn off the steam setting.

  • Glide the iron carefully over the tea towel in a circular motion. Move the iron smoothly over the surface two to three times.

  • Lift the top tea towel and inspect your paper. See if the pages are still wrinkled. If they are, repeat step 3, turning up the heat setting or pressing a bit harder with the iron. If the pages are now straight, let them cool a few minutes before moving them.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also try to photocopy the pages onto new paper if there are not many folds. However, the folds and wrinkles may show up as dark lines on the copy.
  • Placing the folded pages under a heavy book overnight may also help straighten them.

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