Care & Maintenance of Artwork

Care & Maintenance of Your Artwork

You’ve just purchased artwork and are wondering how to care for it. Here are some tips to help you protect your newly acquired treasure.

Light Exposure
As with most things, consistent exposure to direct sunlight and UV rays is not advisable.  Direct sunlight can cause fading of certain pigments, increase yellowing of varnishes,  and expose the painting surface to excessive heat, so it’s best to avoid hanging your artwork in area with a steady, daily stream of direct sun.  The best type of light for your painting is indirect sunlight, recessed lighting, and halogen lights (not ultraviolet). Spot-lights also contain infrared radiation and if used should not be placed too close to the painting surface.

Try to display your paintings in a place where the relative humidity and temperature levels are fairly constant, and not very high. Precautions should be taken to avoid areas where extreme temperature and humidity conditions most often occur: near showers, fireplaces, furnaces, boilers, and intense lighting.

Paintings can be safely dusted using a clean, soft natural artists brush, or by dusting lightly with a piece of soft cheesecloth.  The painting should be held in an upright forward angle so the dust falls away from the painting.  Dusting once or twice per year is usually adequate. If dust builds up particularly quickly, or if more frequent dusting is necessary, consider relocating the painting.

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