We had a request from one of our favorite clients to write a blog about regular maintenance of artwork. He was concerned after seeing dust on their frames and canvases and wanted to clean them without doing anything that might cause damage.
I remembered writing a blog once called “The Care & Feeding of Your Artwork,” and when I went back to look for it, I found I had written it nearly four years ago! It focused mainly on long-term care – varnishing, rematting, etc. It didn’t deal with the every day care of canvases and art framed with glass.
The first rule in caring for your art is the same as the Hippocratic Oath: “First Do No Harm.”
We’ve pretty much seen it all in our years of owning The Art Shop:
The common denominator above as you have probably noticed (excluding the bullet holes) is “housekeeper.” Instruct your cleaning service or housekeeper on how to care for your art. Give them the following Dos & Don’ts:
The greatest enemies of your artwork are sunlight, smoke and humidity, so you should hang or store your art away from direct sunlight, areas with high humidity (bathrooms, for example that don’t have exhaust fans) and wood-burning fireplaces.