There are many protective measures you should consider to protect fine art from elements which can cause art to deteriorate.
Create a detailed record of your art collection, this includes information about each work of art (artist, title, date the work was created, medium, size, condition, and bill of sale or appraisal for insurance). It is also a good idea to keep photographs of the artwork in a safe place. Digital files are great for storing these images.
Here are some helpful tips for properly caring for your collection:
Ultraviolet light will cause severe and often irreversible damage to art. In rooms containing many fine art items, consider installing UV filtering film on windows.
Do not store fine art in uncontrolled temperature areas like basements or attics. These areas of your home/office are susceptible to dramatic temperature and humidity changes, flooding, and leaks.
Keep your home/office at a constant temperature approximately 72º and 55% relative humidity.
To protect image and increase it’s life span, frame all art, especially paper, textiles, and photographs using “museum quality” materials and conservation methods.
Objects must be hung correctly to ensure support and reduce the chance of falling. When appropriate, use security hanging hardware. Avoid hanging art in places where it can get knocked over easily by human traffic, for example narrow corridors. For wall displays and placement concerns, please give us a call.
Install water alert sensors in areas of your home/office susceptible to water damage and install smoke detectors.
Clean canvas with a feather duster only. For framed pieces, clean frame and glass by dusting it with a light feather duster or cotton t-shirt. Never spray direct onto the glazing as it could drip down into the frame. Moisten t-shirt with water if you need to clean the glass. Be careful to avoid too much moisture. Avoid using any cleaning chemical solvents as it may damage the work. In short, never get your art wet. When you have a question, call before you clean!
Any additional questions or for maintenance of your art, we are happy to assist, please connect
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Troy Fine Art Southport
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