How to Protect your Gallery Collection
Galerie Michael • Dec 18, 2017
MAKE YOUR GALLERY COLLECTION LAST AND LAST
Some people purchase fine art as finishing touch for their homes. Some will make a fine art purchase as a gift to art lovers. Even more will purchase fine art to add to a collection that they have been building for years. Whatever your reason, once this valuable piece of art has entered your care, you will want to make sure that you are doing what you can to preserve it. A piece of fine art will inevitably deteriorate over time, but taking steps to protect it and maintain it is the key to ensuring that the piece has a long life, and the potential to become something that can be passed down to others that will love and care for it.
MOVE PAINTINGS OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT
This may be obvious to some, but one of the easiest and most important tips for protecting your fine art is keeping it out of the path of the sun. If you’re concerned about your piece having adequate light, you should consult your local art gallery about types of lighting that would be best for your piece. The UV rays of the sun disrupt and destroy paint on a chemical level, and though oil paints can yellow over time, yellowing will be expedited when a painting spends time in the sun. Having a professional apply a coat of varnish will incur a fee, but it will be worth it to extend the life and preserve the beauty of your prize.
REMOVE PRINTS FROM TUBES
With the internet able to bring so much right to our front doors, we are in a unique position to get exactly what we want, and get it quickly. Thousands of prints of artwork are sold and shipped via shipping tubes every year, reaching the homes of people who can’t wait to decorate their homes. If you are one of these lucky people, make sure that you remove your beautiful new print from its tube when it arrives. The longer that the print is in the shipping tube, the more likely it will be permanently bent, or even end up with a crack in the delicate materials. Frame your print as soon as possible, and try to frame it using UV glass, which adds a layer of protection from the harmful rays of the sun.
AVOID TOUCHING WITH YOUR FINGERS AND HANDS
Maybe you need to move your art from your living room into your bedroom because you’ve recently remodeled. That’s no problem, but make sure that you are not exposing your precious art to your skin oils while moving. Soft gloves made of fabric material can be purchased cheaply from art stores, and make a difference in the parts of your art that you touch. Exposing painting to skin oils can degrade paint, and leave fingerprints on sculptures.
USE SOFT BRUSHES AND AMMONIA-FREE CLEANERS
There will come a time to clean and dust your artwork, and doing so carefully, and with the right instruments, is of tantamount importance. Make sure that a feather duster doesn’t come anywhere near your paintings. Feather dusters, though they may be soft to your fingers, have the ability to damage paintings, and are never recommended. Using a soft brush is the tool that you should use for dusting. The brush can be goat hair, or sable. If you need to clean a frame, make sure that you use a soft cloth with a little bit of ammonia-free cleaner. Caring for your art may seem a delicate chore, but it will save you the heartbreak of watching your beautiful pieces wither.