How to Properly Clean and Care for Your Paintings

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Art brings beauty into our lives, and ensuring its lasting allure requires proper Care for Your Paintings. Especially paintings done by hand using oil or acrylic demand special attention and delicate handling. In this article, we will discuss several fundamental principles of caring for paintings.

  1. Regular Cleaning

Regularly cleaning the surface of a painting helps prevent the accumulation of dust and dirt, which can damage the paints and texture. If possible, inquire with the artist or seller from whom you purchased the painting whether it is coated with protective varnish. This can simplify its maintenance. If not, you can apply a special varnish yourself. In any case, when wiping the painting, with or without varnish, use a soft dry cloth or brush to remove dust from its surface. Avoid using strong chemical agents, as they can harm the paints.

  1. Proper Storage

Store paintings in a dry and cool place where there is no direct sunlight or exposure to moisture. Avoid areas with high humidity, as this can lead to the formation of mold or mildew on the painting’s surface. Additionally, if you plan to preserve or prolong the life of the painting, restoration work may be needed in the future.

  1. Protection from Mechanical Damage

Handle frames and glass, if present, with particular care. Avoid impacts and accidental damage that could harm both the painting itself and its frame. Even if a painting has been damaged, do not rush to dispose of it; much can be restored without significant expense. I will cover this in future articles.

  1. Avoid Direct Airflow from Humidifiers and Air Conditioners

Humidifiers and air conditioners typically produce directed airflow. When placing a humidifier near paintings, try to direct the moist airflow away from them to avoid direct contact. Alternatively, place the paintings at a small distance from these devices. Direct moist airflow can lead to unwanted changes in paintings, such as canvas deformation or paint damage.

In Conclusion

Proper care for paintings is not only a way to preserve their appearance for years to come but also a demonstration of respect for the art and the effort of its creators. Remember these simple yet important tips when caring for your collection of paintings, and they will continue to delight you with their beauty and grandeur for many years.


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