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« on: May 14, 2007 01:03:56 PM »

So I have a TON of naugahyde that I have in a box under my desk, ideally I would have liked to have been storing it rolled so it wouldn't get creases, but I don't have the space, so now it's got creased where it's folded to fit into the box.  What I am wondering is, if there is any way to get rid of the creases?
Will a little heat take care of them, or will it cause more harm than good?

If I can't get rid of the creases I am quite limited to how to use all this naugahyde and that's no good at all because I have big plans for it!

« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2007 03:26:12 PM »

you will definitely want to test this with a small piece first, but I have done this with vinyl without noticeable damage...

get an iron on low (LOW!) heat (the vinyl was super thin, so you may need a little bit more heat, but I'd be scared of melting anything!) and cover the area to be ironed with a medium-density piece of cotton. press, but don't drag the iron for a few seconds, and make sure to check every few seconds to make sure everything is a-ok under there!

make sure that you do this on interior side, so that if there is any melting you're not left with a cotton-woven-melted imprint!

if that doesn't work, you may want to try hot water - if you have a deck or a large, flat-ish area in your backyard this will be easier). heat up some water and have at 'er. I'm not sure how the fabric part of the naugahyde backing is attached, so you may want to test that out beforehand, too... if you have a clothesline, that might work really well also. a really strong clothesline.

another idea that may possibly work: use aforementioned deck, and spread the 'hyde out on a sunny day.

beyond those, I have no idea... a bunch of tiny naugahyde coasters?

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2007 04:26:55 PM »

Thanks, I will give the iron a try later tonight, living in an apartment I don't really have a space for hot water, other than in the shower, or to lay it out.

It's funny you mention the coasters, I was actually planning to make placemats and coaster sets with them, it may have to just be coasters though if I can't get the creases out.

Thanks again.

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