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Guidelines for Care of Fine Art

Deterioration can be caused by inappropriate light, temperature, or humidity levels, pollution and contaminants, mishandling, pests, and mold. In addition, inappropriate repHangingairs and cleaning methods can cause irreparable damage to photographic prints.

Handling

Special care shall be used when handling artwork. Oils that are naturally present on the hands will damage the art. If the work is not framed, cotton gloves should be worn when handling the piece.

Hanging

If framed, this art should be hung using the provided hangers. If you have the image framed elsewhere, the framer will provide advice on proper hanging.

Environment

Color photographs are prone to damage from exposure to high and/or fluctuating temperature and relative humidity levels. High temperature and humidity levels combined with pollution and contaminants can cause fading of photographic images.

Light

Photographs are prone to light damage in the form of fading. Color photographs should be displayed under low light levels (approximately 50 lux). Ultraviolet, which is the most damaging form of light, should be eliminated by using ultraviolet filters on lights designed for displaying art. Low wattage halogen lighting is a good solution for lighting art.

Cleaning

On the canvas or acrylic image itself, surface dust should be removed using an extremely soft brush or microfiber cloth. More extensive cleaning and repair should be left to a professional conservator since photographs are easily damaged by moisture and solvents.

For cleaning the glass of your framed photographs, spray a small amount of non-ammonia glass cleaner on a microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion. Then with a dry section of cloth, wipe the glass surface dry to avoid water marks. If a microfiber cloth is not available, use a clean, lint-free cotton cloth. Do not spray cleaner directly onto glass. Excess glass cleaner can seep into the frame and damage the artwork.