Original artworks are a valuable asset and hold very sentimental values. They need to last a long time. If the artist who created your painting used quality materials, the painting should last for many, many years to come. There is some care you can take to prevent or slow the natural art aging process. Proper care will guarantee the artwork remains an important work of art for you and for future generations to come.
Humidity & Temperatures
If humidity and temperatures are high they may damage your painting. If possible, try to control the climate in the room where the painting is hanging or being stored. In rooms with humidity exceeding 70%, bumps occur which could seriously damage or weaken the painting and make it more vulnerable to future damage. Please keep in mind that fluctuations in both temperature and humidity caused by air-conditioning systems being switched on and off can damage paintings also. This causes the paint to lose its elasticity in the course of time. The shrinkage and expansion caused by differences in temperature and humidity can lead to the paint peeling off or becoming cracked in appearance.
Direct Sunlight keeps the painting away from direct sunlight.
The UV radiation can fade the paint or become cracked over time, even with UV protection. If you had your painting varnished or glazed, direct sunlight could colour, discolour, or darken the painting in places. Dirt & grime Keep the artwork away from unwanted leakage areas i.e. pipes, air-conditioning outlets, kitchen units, chimneys, air ducts, fireplaces and cookers.
Cleaning & Repairs
If cracking of the paint develops, it is best treated by a specialist. Do not apply cleaning agents to the painting, this can cause irreparable damage. Use a soft brush to dust the painted canvas. Never clean artwork with a damp cloth since it can leave a shading layer that can only be removed by a specialist. If the artwork is damaged contact a specialist for advice on carrying out repairs yourself.
Hanging a painting
Once you’ve decided where you would like to hang your painting, measure the painting to find the centre. Allow for the drop of wire, and make a mark on the wall where you will put the hanger. You can prevent the plaster or drywall from cracking by placing a piece of masking tape on the wall where you would insert the hook. If your artwork is larger than 12″ x 24″, use 2 hooks to hang the painting for balance and weight distribution. Use a level to determine where the hooks should be placed. Your painting will remain straight without constant vigilance. Nail the picture hook into the wall where you have made the mark and carefully place your painting on the wall, catching the wire on the hook.
Straighten, step back and enjoy!