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5 Ways to Care for Your Artworks

Love collecting acrylic or oil paintings? It's best to know how you can properly take care of your pieces

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Whether you love collecting paintings or photographs and displaying them at home, proper maintenance goes a long way so you can preserve its quality. Here are some helpful tips to help you take care of your prized pieces of art.

All photos in this feature are by Amelia Widell via lovelylife.se.

Keep these tips in mind:

Choose the right location

When storing artworks such as photographs, paintings or even sculptures, make sure that you store them in an area without direct sunlight. Heat is a common factor in ruining the quality of these artworks, so it’s best to keep it in a cool and dry place.

RL Tip: You may opt to have thick drapes in your living area or bedroom to protect the artworks from heat. However, since it's summer, you can have thick drapes that you can easily remove during night time. 

Do not use cleaners

Paintings and photographs are made from sensitive materials. Refrain from cleaning them using detergents as it can remove the ph levels of the paint colors. Simply remove dust using a paintbrush. 

Clean frames

If your artworks have been hanging in your house for a long time, start by cleaning its frames. Use a soft bristled brush to carefull remove the dust. If the frames are made from wood, make sure that you use a dry lint-free cloth. 

Save it from mold

Mold is a fungus that thrives in natural furnishings that have excess moisture. To avoid spots or mold stains in your artwork, make sure that you keep it in a place that isn’t poorly insulated. Click here for more tips on how you can prevent mold growth at home.

Avoid touching delicate pieces of art

There are paintings and photographs that are sensitive even to the slightest touch. The natural oils in your skin may damage the artwork’s composition. If you have kids at home, consider hanging artworks higher or in a place where they can't reach it.

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