caring for the painting

So, you have purchased a painting for your home. Congratulations! The paints of the painting barely had time to dry, the painting is fresh and new. Of course, you want to keep it the same for many years, keep the colors the same bright and saturated, and the lines crisp.

We have prepared a few tips for caring for your painting if you want to keep it intact for as long as possible.

First of all, you need to decide on the place where you will hang your painting. There is a whole list where we would not recommend hanging a picture.

heaters to the canvas

1) Near incandescent bulbs, above heaters and below air conditioners. Frequent changes in temperature and very dry air can damage the canvas, paint can crack. Well, you also hardly enjoy sitting right under the air conditioner all the time.

2) In places with high humidity: baths, saunas, next to a pool, etc.

3) In the kitchen next to the stove. When we prepare food, fat particles scatter around the room and settle on things. Then it will be difficult to cleanse the painting of fat, especially if the painting is pasty, with textured strokes, but applying harsh chemistry on a painting layer is not an idea. So when decorating the kitchen, try to place the painting away from the cooking place.

Direct sunlight to painting

4) Direct sunlight. The painting is not a vampire, and if sometimes a ray of sunlight glides over it, it’s not scary, but if it is in the sun for several hours every day for many years, many pigments will not tolerate this, and the colors can unpleasantly change.

5) In the smoking room – combustion products such as tobacco smoke or soot easily settle in the painting.

6) In winter, indoors without heating. The paint will crack. Not too nice, right?

7) Do not hang paintings on the street, on balconies, in gazebos, open verandas, etc.

picture from dust soft brush

In addition, we must not forget about the basic rules for caring for the painting, for example, wiping the picture from dust. The dust must be removed not once a month, but regularly. With the same frequency as furniture. Paintings painted with oil paints or acrylics require careful treatment of themselves. You cannot wipe the paintings in a circular motion or from bottom to top. They should be wiped with smooth movements, only in one direction, with a soft brush or an ordinary puff. If the colors in the painting began to fade, this is not a reason to despair and think about replacing it with a new painting. Just cover the canvas of the painting for several hours with a damp cloth, then wipe it with linseed oil with light movements. And your painting will be like new!

Remember! When cleaning paintings in the interior, in no case should you use substances such as turpentine, soap or gasoline. They will not only not clean your painting, but they will completely ruin it, making it impossible for further restoration.

If the frame is with glass, then during thorough and general cleaning, be sure to wipe and rub it in the same way as the mirrors, but at the same time make sure that glass and window cleaning products are not splashed on the frames.

On the inside of the glass, you can only wipe it with vinegar or denatured alcohol, which is thoroughly wiped off. If, as a result of loose glass or improper selection of the base, dust gets under the glass and frame, then it will be possible to wipe it only by disassembling, removing the painting, glass, thoroughly cleaning and rubbing, and then collecting it again. To avoid such a problem in the future, cover the frame with tape or masking tape from the back, as if sealing it.

But sometimes only the professional help of restorers or baguette masters is needed. Most often, the following consequences arise when the rules for storing painting are not followed.

You should contact a specialist if:

  • there are visible cracks in the paint layer;
  • paint starts to swell;
  • there are yellow / green / black spots on the surface or on the back of your painting. This is a sign of a fungus that needs to be removed as quickly as possible. It is important to regularly check the back of your paintings.;
  • waves, unevenness or sagging appear on the canvas – this is a sign that your painting needs to be re-stretched onto a new stretcher;
  • there is a general change in the tone of your picture (the picture turns yellow, darkens, brightens);
  • your painting has been exposed to water or fire.
  • if a tear / cut or other deformation of the canvas appears in the picture;
  • in case of heavy pollution.
take care of picture

That’s all the tips! Agree, there are not many of them, they are simple, but if you adhere to them and take care of your picture, then it will delight you with its bright colors and patterns for many years to come.