CARE FOR YOUR ART


Light
Temperature/ Humidity
Heat
Pollution
Hanging
Glass
Leaning
Handling

Light

It is vital that artwork is not hung in direct sunlight or near windows. This may cause the fading of certain pigments or bleaching of artwork. This can also affect the surface and many paintings have varnished finishes and this will affect the yellowing of a piece. Also when lighting an artwork it should be at a distance of 40cm away and preferably not directly onto the work. This may cause hot spots on the work resulting in burns or tears. More importantly, this can cause glare, which will distract the viewer from seeing the art. A piece of work is best in non direct lighting such as indirect sunlight or ceiling mounted lights.

Temperature / Humidity

Humidity can cause mould and foxing, but an overly dry room can cause the artwork to dry out. Either way, fluctuating temperatures can affect the canvas on a stretcher, becoming slack or too tight, which in turn affects the medium on the canvas. Please ensure that prints are not exposed to damp such as in a bathroom, kitchen or near any air conditioning. Generally, artwork is best kept in similar temperature environments as for human comfort.

Heat

If an artwork is placed too near a radiator or fireplace, it can be at risk of heat damage. This can cause the paints and varnishes to age more quickly causing cracks, flaking and tears. In addition, heat can also cause photographs to buckle at the edges and bubble in the middle. In winter, as rooms can become over-heated please place a bowl of water near the radiator to prevent the air getting too dry.

Pollution

Although the artwork is in the home, it is susceptible to pollution. Please watch out for the following:

Dust

This is constant. Textile artworks are best vacuumed very gently to remove dust. Glass covering surfaces should be cleaned by spraying window detergent on a cloth, which is used to wipe gently whilst avoiding edges of frames made of wood. Use a separate cloth to dust wooden frames. Artwork without a glass cover should not be cleaned with a cloth or feather dusters as they can catch on surfaces. Please use sable or badger-hair brushes.

Smoke

Generally any smoke can yellow a piece of artwork and more importantly can hold the smell of smoke.

Open fire

The smoke and heat will affect artwork. We suggest avoiding exposing artwork to open fires unless it is mounted at least 90cm above the fireplace.

Food Odours

Generally avoid positioning textile artworks in rooms with food odours as textiles absorb smells.

Moths

Moths will readily damage textiles. We advise you to please contact Optamize to return the work if there is any sign of them.

Hanging

We recommend Brass D-rings and picture hanging wire be used. If in doubt please call Optamize for help! Optamize provides an optional hanging service.

Glass

In the event of a scratch, crack or smudges that do not disappear with cleaning (see above - dust) please contact Optamize.

Leaning

Please do not lean artwork against anything or even other pieces of work as this will affect the canvas. It should be laid flat on its back pending mounting onto a wall. However, artwork can temporarily be leant against a wall if cushioned from floor and wall.

Handling the artwork

It is best to handle artwork with gloves or clean hands.

Hooks in your wall

Please ensure screws or hooks are securely fastened to the wall for the artwork to hang on. We can suggest using L hooks, warded suspension hooks or snap hooks. These are all very secure alternatives to standard picture hooks.

 

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