Care & Handling

Congratulations on the purchase of your new artwork!  

Your beautiful art was created with today's gallery quality archival materials and with basic care, your artwork can last for generations.
 

UNPACKAGING:
Please completely remove all packaging tape before removing artwork.    

RESIDUE FROM TOUCHING / FINGERPRINTS:


Its always best to wear cotton gloves when handling art to prevent oils, fingerprints, and residue transferring to the art.

Only use ARCHIVAL QUALITY materials for storing, matting, & framing art.   NEVER USE CARDBOARD.  It has harsh chemicals embedded that will discolor or negatively affect artwork over time.

 

MATTING / FRAMING PRINTS

If framing prints yourself, make sure there is a space is between the artwork and glass inside the frame.  This prevents damages from prints clinging & sticking to the glass.   Use archival quality matting to help create a thin space between the artwork & outer glass.
Seek out a professional frame shop for advice with matting & framing.

 

CLEANING ARTWORK
Caution should be used when your art needs cleaning.  


ORIGINAL OILS
Simply dust with a soft feather duster or soft cloth with gentle, light pressure.  Do not use paper towels, as they can slightly scratch the surface.
Never spray with chemical cleaners, dusting spray, or other types of household cleaning liquids.
Seek the advice of a professional art restoration expert if your original painting is exposed to dirt, grime, smoke, damaged, torn, or discolored. 

PRINTS 
Framed prints should only require light dusting with a soft feather duster or soft cloth.  

If liquid cleaners must be used on the glass, DO NOT SPRAY DIRECTLY onto the glass.  Its best to spray glass cleaners onto your soft cloth first, then gently wipe the glass clean.  
Also, paper towels could leave soft scratch marks on glass.

CANVAS /  ACRYLIC SURFACE PRINTS
Gently dust with a soft feather duster or soft cloth.  Only apply light pressure.   Do not use paper towels & DO NOT spray any cleaners, or chemicals directly on the surface.

WOOD FRAMES
Our wood frames, when handled properly, should only require periodic dusting.  Use a feather duster or soft dry cloth to gently wipe clean.  Avoid chemical cleaners as they could negatively react to the wood surface layer over time, or leave residue layers.

 

DISPLAYING ARTWORK 

LIGHTS
When lighting your artwork, good lighting at appropriate angles and distance will help enhance your display. 

Avoid placing lights too close that can heat the surface of the art, or cause too much bright light hitting the surface.   
You may want to seek the advice of a professional electrician or art lighting professional for the best combination of lighting balance and presentation.

Always avoid UV sunlight - including direct sun rays or indirect (light bouncing).  UV rays are very destructive.  If direct light is in coming in through windows, glass doors, etc.,  at anytime during the day, the exposure will eventually fade any artwork.  Indirect sunlight that is bouncing in from bright surfaces such as sidewalks or patios and directly hitting artwork during the day, can also cause fading.
Make sure your art is safe from sunlight throughout the day.


HUMIDITY / MOISTURE / HIGH TEMPERATURES

Exposure to high levels of moisture, humidity, and hot temperatures can affect any art over time.

Its best to avoid these conditions:
- Temperature over 75°F 
- Humidity over 60%

Do not store artwork in hot storage units, hot cars, etc. or hang art in high humid interior areas of your home such as showers/ bathrooms or near water pipes.

FLOODING HAZARDS
If you live in or near a possible flood zone, do not store artwork in lower cabinets/storage areas that are close to the floor.   
Do not display or store art near water pipes that could burst.

Exposure to moisture & heat can:
fade artwork
form mold & mildew, spots, or bubbles
make art stick to glass
warp or bend  

WARPING
If your art warps in high humid areas, simply place the art on a solid flat surface, & add an archival sheet (such as a plastic art sleeve) protector over the art to protect it.  Next, add some weight.  For example, gently place some large books, & completely cover the art.  Let it sit for several days to help flatten the art. Repeat if needed.

Hope this helps!
Simply contact us if you have questions on the care of your art.