The best place hang artwork is on a wall stud, where you can securely anchor the wall hooks. Choose a location away from any heat source, in a place with stable and reasonable humidity and out of direct sunlight.
It is not advised to hang paintings over fireplaces or heating vents. Heat dries out the material of the painting, speeding up the process of natural aging. As hot air rises, it carries dirt with it thus a painting above a heat source will experience far more grime than is normal. Heat will also soften paint, causing dirt and debris to stick and get trapped in the painting. Moisture will weaken the adhesion of the paint layers and can eventually cause paint loss. Low or high relative humidity, as well as rapid changes in humidity, are not good for paintings.
Provided that there are no signs of loose or flaking paint, a painting may be safely dusted using clean, soft, natural-hair artists’ brush.While dusting, position the painting on a clean and padded surface, held upright at a forward angle so the dust falls away from the face of the painting. Slowly and gently brush in one direction, across or down the painting, followed by a second brushing in the opposite direction.
Never use dry or moist dust cloths, stiff bristle brushes, or feather dusters to dust a painting. Threads from dust cloths may catch on areas of raised paint, moisture may cause subsequent loss of paint, and bristle-haired brushes or feather dusters can scratch the surface of a painting.
Artwork cleaning and care will vary by medium. Make sure to know your medium and research accurate methods for the art before you begin cleaning.
Carefully clean with a dry rag. Never use water or cleaning products. Acrylic paints are dry and their surface is smooth, which is why they can easily be wiped with a dry rag.
Oil paints are much denser than acrylics, these paintings usually take 3-5 days to dry on the surface and months to dry completely. The best way to clean is to use a moist cloth and rub lightly over the surface.
Dust regularly. Keep in mind that metal sculptures may start to rust or patina
overtime. We recommend contacting professional to polish metal pieces and
help prolong the aging process.
Frame artwork with museum or UV protective glass in rooms with a lot of sunlight. Clean glass with Windex, never use a wet rag.
When transporting art—cover entire piece in bubble wrap, then place in a cardboard box. The box should be sturdy and provide enough structural support.
Artwork that is rolled up or folded for travel should be flattened as soon as possible. Cover artwork with a protective layer before applying any form of weight over top.
Never leave art in a hot car!
Painting and art conservators are your best source of information. We recommend using Bonfoey Gallery, a Cleveland based gallery that offers consultations, framing, restoration and more.