The winter slump is ending. Warmer weather, sunshine, and breezy days may have you feeling motivated to embark on some spring cleaning. While you’re reaching for the broom or mop don’t forget to check on your collection of fine art.
Safely Spring Clean Your Fine Art
Art, like anything else, is subject to wear and tear over time. Your paintings may need a little bit more TLC than just dusting. Spring is a great time to check up on any signs of aging that may have been caused by the climate or light exposure.
- Schedule An Annual Checkup
- Make Sure The Hanging Mechanisms Are Secure
- Look For Cracking Or Visible Surface Changes
- Consider How The Environment Is Affecting Your Art
- Attach A Protective Backing Board
- Be Gentle With Your Cleaning
Schedule An Annual Checkup
Don’t let your artwork suffer years of neglect. This isn’t a DIY job, especially if you’re concerned about retaining value. Scheduling an annual check-up with a professional art cleaning and restoration company will help keep your paintings in great shape and ensure you can enjoy them for years to come.
If you find a considerable amount of damage to your artwork, it may be time to hire a professional. Different types of mediums need different types of care. A professional will understand exactly what your art needs to bring it back to its former glory without causing further damage.
Make Sure The Hanging Mechanisms Are Secure
Broken glass, splintered wood, torn canvas, dust, and dirt – a piece of art crashing to the floor can cause a lot of damage. Make sure all your artwork is secure to the wall, so there’s no chance of falling.
Look For Cracking Or Visible Surface Changes
Check your art for any visible signs of cracking or fading. Catching any damage early on can prevent major restorative repairs later on. These may also be clues to potential hazards where your art is on display.
Consider How The Environment Is Affecting Your Art
Heat, light, and changes in temperature can all affect your artwork. Too much light exposure can cause fading. Humidity and temperature changes can cause expanding and contracting which can lead to cracking.
If you start to see these problems, consider moving your paintings to a new location. Protect your investment by finding a place in your home where you can avoid direct sunlight and too much moisture, and keep the temperature more consistent.
Attach A Protective Backing Board
This protective backing attaches to the stretcher bars of your paintings. Backing boards are a standard in painting conservation and may protect your art from rapid environmental changes, as well as dust and impacts from behind.
Be Gentle With Your Cleaning
Sometimes cleaning can cause more harm than good so be gentle. Dusting should only be done lightly using a very soft bristle brush. Using any type of liquid or cleaner on your painting could cause damage.
Freshen Up Your Art Collection
After you’ve had a chance to freshen up your paintings, you may find spring is the perfect time to do some redecorating. Visit the Thomas Kinkade galleries of California in Carmel, Placerville, and Monterey, and browse our collection of Limited Edition art for spring. Our professional Art Consultants will be happy to help you find the perfect piece to usher in the new season.