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Caring Tips for
Art & Frames

CARING FOR ARTWORKS

Works of art on paper such as prints, drawings, photos and watercolours can be damaged by light, extreme or fluctuating temperature and relative humidity, pollution, pests, and poor handling, storage and mounting.

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Out of Light

Try not to hang pictures directly opposite of large windows, as sunlights fades colours and discolours paper. Special UV coated glazing can help to slow downs the process.

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Examine Every Year

Check for brown spots, mould and insects on the pictures. These are caused by high humidity and temperature.

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Minimise Touch

Natural oil, moisturizer & handcream on your fingers will absorb by paper and wood, attracting dust. Minimise touch or wear clean cotton gloves.

Ideal Storage Conditions

Photos

  • Ideal Temperature 10 - 15 Cº
  • Ideal Relative Humidity 30 - 40 %
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight
  • Recommended Lightings - LEDs

Prints, Drawings & Watercolours

  • Ideal Temperature 16 - 19 Cº
  • Ideal Relative Humidity 45 - 60 %
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight
  • Recommended Lightings - LEDs

Documents, Books and Archives

  • Ideal Temperature 16 - 19 Cº
  • Ideal Relative Humidity 45 - 60 %
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight
  • Recommended Lightings - LEDs

Oil Paintings

  • Ideal Temperature 20 Cº ±3 Cº
  • Ideal Relative Humidity 45 - 60 %
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight
  • Recommended Lightings - LEDs

Types of Artworks

  • Ideal Temperature
  • Ideal Relative Humidity
  • Sunlight
  • Recommended Lightings

Photos

  • 10 - 15 Cº
  • 30 - 40 %
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight
  • LEDs

Prints, Drawings & Watercolours

  • 16 - 19 Cº
  • 45 - 60 %
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight
  • LEDs

Documents, Books and Archives

  • 16 - 19 Cº
  • 45 - 60 %
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight
  • LEDs

Oil Paintings

  • 20 Cº ±3 Cº
  • 55 % ±5 %
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight
  • LEDs

The Institute of Conservation, United Kingdom

Artworks Caring
Check List:

• Avoid Direct Sundlight

• Beware of Humidity

• Avoid Heat / Rapid Temperature Change

• Hang Securely

• Clean Gently

• Handle with Care

CARING FOR FRAMES

Incorrect techniques and handlings can damage your frame. To lastingly preserve your frame, it is recommended to treat your frame as careful as your artworks.

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A Gentle Clean

Dust frames or treat with a soft brush, rather than risk applying water or cleaning fluids. If cleaning fluids have to be used on glass, apply them to a cloth first (rather than spraying the glass directly); take care not to let the fluids touch the frame.

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Hang Securely

Check that the cord, wire or other hanger you use is designed to support the weight of your artwork. Where safety is critical, e.g., in children’s bedrooms, ask your framer to use acrylic glazing or secure hanging.

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Avoid Rapid Temperature Change

Avoid putting your artworks under direct air-conditioning wind blow. As extreme temperature changes cause damp, resulting pictures to ripple and brown stains (fungal growth).

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