If you’ve invested in beautiful original artwork, you want to make sure you take care of it properly so that it stays in mint condition. If you plan on investing in art throughout your life, you need to learn to care for it.
When you transport your piece of art, you need to take special care to avoid damage. Put cardboard on the front and back and wrap it well in bubble wrap. From there, pack it securely in a cardboard box or transport it flat. Do not lean it against other artwork.
Don’t Apply Any Coatings
You should not apply any other coatings on the front or back of your artwork. Certain chemicals, like cleaning products, can destroy the painting or materials and lead to shrinking or cracking.
Your artwork should not be placed in direct sunlight. Even if there is a protective coating on it, the sun can still cause your art to fade. Art should be stored in a controlled climate, typically between 60- and 85-degrees Fahrenheit. The room should not be overly humid or excessively cold and dry. Humidity can lead to mold or damage to the art; extreme fluctuations in temperature can cause damage too. Place your artwork in an area where it won’t be exposed to potential contaminants, like cooking oils, hairspray, or excessive dust.
Keep it Clean
When you clean your artwork, you should not use any cleaning sprays, chemicals, or even water. This can cause damage. Instead, keep your artwork free from dust by regularly dusting it with a soft, clean cloth.
Leave it to the Experts
If your artwork does become damaged, don’t try to fix it yourself. Take it to an expert. If you need it reframed, you should go to an expert too.