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8 care tips for maintaining your artworks

Purchasing artwork isn’t easy, maintaining them is even tougher. Here are some care tips so you know how to take good care of your expensive artworks!

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1. Keep out of the sun
Never expose photographs or prints to direct sunlight as UV rays will cause fading.

2. Safe temperatures
The ideal temperature for paintings and print is constant 21.2 deg C. Temperature volatility can cause irreplaceable damage to artworks on canvas and paper.

3. Moisture matters
Humidity is a real threat to art pieces, particularly in tropical climates. Humidity levels should range between 40-60 per cent, with 50 per cent as the ideal.

4. Air it
Attach spacers to the back of the artworks to allow proper air circulation behind them, and to prevent dust accumulation too.

5. Pests away
Insects such as woodworms, silverfish and termites can cause irreparable damage to your art. So look out for them and do not underestimate their destructive power.

6. Light it right
Low voltage incandescent lighting is best for low illuminating artwork. The lighting source should be at least 0.9m to 1.2m from the piece to avoid heat build-up and fading.

7. Store it well
The damage to artworks caused by humidity can be irreversible, so art pieces should be packed in acid-free wrappings and stored in humidity-controlled spaces.

8 Careful cleaning
For framed pieces, spray cleaning liquid onto a soft cloth and use it to wipe glass or acrylic surface, before wiping dry with another cloth. Never spray cleaner directly onto such surfaces.

 

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