A Couple Of Tips For Caring For Your Paintings

Posted on: 7 July 2016

Having spiritual paintings around your home can be a great way of bringing important imagery into your house. However, it is an unfortunate reality that there are many individuals that may not be particularly familiar with the type of care that high-quality paintings will require. To help you protect yourself against the risk of damaging these pieces of art, you should keep the following couple of painting care tips in mind.

Be Mindful Of Where You Hang Your Paintings

When you are hanging your paintings, you will likely want them in areas with strong light. While natural light can be excellent for imparting a sense of warmth to the pigments in a painting, direct sunlight can cause damages to paintings over prolonged periods of exposure. In particular, it is possible for the intense light rays to break down these pigments in the painting. When this occurs, it can start to appear faded and there will not be a simple option for restoring the color to the painting. In addition to causing these issues for the pigments, intense sunlight can also contribute to the canvas degrading. This can make it more likely to suffer rips and other issues.

In order for you to avoid your paintings suffering these types of issues, you will want to make sure that you keep the out of direct sunlight. When keeping the painting out of the sunlight is not practical, you will want to apply a window tint to any windows where intense sunlight shines through and strikes the painting. This will help to prevent the harmful rays of light from damaging your painting by preventing them from getting inside your home.

Remove Dust From The Painting On A Regular Basis

Dust can be another potentially serious problem for your painting to experience. While this issue may not seem serious, dust particles can accumulate on the surface of the painting and make it appear dull. Additionally, it is possible for these dust particles to become impacted in the small grooves of the paint. In order to minimize these problems, you will need to dust the painting every couple of weeks. When dusting it, you will need to use a feather dust to avoid accidentally damaging the paint. For those that use cloth to dust paintings, it is possible for the cloth to accidentally pull away some of the paint from the canvas, which can ruin the appearance of the painting. Feather dusters are gentle enough to avoid damaging the paint while still being effective at removing dust from the painting's surface. 

Talk to the artist, like Kristina Hutch Matthews, for specific advice.