artwork care

 
 

displaying

Be mindful of where you display your art, especially paintings. 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 sources and in a place with reasonable humidity and out of direct sunlight.

 
 
 

climate sensitivity




Low or high relative humidity, along with rapid temperature changes, can eventually deteriorate artwork. Regularly monitor any art hung near fireplaces or heating vents. As hot air rises, it carries dirt with it, thus the art above a heat source can experience far more grime than normal.

 
 
 

dusting

For dust or visible particles accumulating on the surface, this cleaning can be done at home. Provided that there are no signs of loose materials or flaking paint, artwork may be safely dusted using a clean, soft, dry brush. While dusting, position the piece on a clean and padded surface, held upright at a forward angle so the dust falls down and away.

 
 
 

cleaning or restoring

We recommend hiring a professional to clean or restore artwork with any noticeable stains, damage, discoloration or signs of aging. Cleaning and care varies by medium—make sure to research accurate methods if you decide to the clean the artwork at home.

 
 
 

framing

Artwork should be framed with with museum or UV protective glass. Clean the glass with an ammonia-free cleaner and microfiber cloth. Never use a wet rag.

 
 
 

transporting

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 out 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!

 
 
 

professional support

Painting and art conservators are your best source of information for consultations, restoration, framing, appraisals, transporting, and more.