How to Protect Paintings and Art Prints at Home

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Artworks in your home are among the most valuable assets. So, they need utmost care and protection just as you would care of other assets such as car and jewellery. 


Protecting your original paintings or artprints usually begins with a framing. In other words, convert an artwork on a wall to a framed art. Residing inside a translucent plastic or glass frame, the art gets a strong shield from dust and rips. A frame is also capable of protecting the prints and artfrom the smoke and UV rays of the sunlight, which are the prime invaders.

Let the framing be clipped so that you can gently clean the gaps between the art and the frame. These gaps are often the breeding ground of small, paper-friendly insects such as bugs.

Artworks from charcoal, pencil, pastels, and pencil can be framed under glass. Plexiglas is recommended only for protecting ink or pencil drawings from UV rays. The frame should be a bit larger than the art piece, as humidity may result in expansion or contraction of paper. The additional space between the frame and piece shall accommodate these changes without hurting the valuable art.

If there are acrylic or oil works, glass framing is not an ideal option. This is because, under glass, its texture and color tones would fade. Acrylics are prone to cracking in extreme cold temperatures, while oils fade by encountering direct sunlight. Dusting these surfaces gently keep any damaging build-up away. 

Translucent Films on Windows

Light damage to your decorative piece is sadly irrevocable. Instead of using curtains and shades for protecting artworks and while depriving yourself of sunlight, consider putting a transparent protective film on windows. This solution along with framing ensures full proof protection from the UV rays. 

Distant Smoke Detectors and Fireplaces

For protection from smoke, ensure that a smoke detector is installed 100 feet away from an artwork. In addition, also ensure that it is a smoke detector, not heat detector. A heat detector protects a home from fire, not from cooled smoke coming from a remote fire. So, let it be a smoke detector, which is 100 feet away from all artworks. Similarly, avoid placing any artwork directly over or even very near to a fireplace, as that is the direct reason of heat and smoke damage. 

Dusting with Microfiber Cloth

Consider dusting glass and dust frames with a microfiber cloth. The option of a cleaner should be the last resort, as it increases the chances of damage due to chemicals. 

By these simple tips, you can enjoy and cherish your paintings forever.

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