How to take care of paintings at home

Caring for paintings at home requires a combination of preventive measures and regular maintenance to ensure their longevity and visual appeal. Whether you have oil paintings, acrylics, watercolours, or other types of artwork, here are some general tips for effectively preserving and caring for your paintings:

  1. Placement and Display:

    • Choose a suitable location away from direct sunlight, as UV rays can cause colors to fade over time.
    • Avoid hanging paintings in areas with extreme temperature fluctuations, high humidity, or excessive moisture, as these conditions can lead to warping, cracking, and mold growth.
    • Hang paintings securely to prevent accidental falls or damage.
  2. Cleaning:

    • Dust the surface of your paintings regularly using a clean, soft brush or a microfiber cloth. Gently sweep away dust and dirt to prevent buildup.
    • If your painting is heavily soiled or needs deeper cleaning, consider consulting a professional art conservator. Do not attempt to clean it yourself, as improper cleaning methods can cause damage.
  3. Handling:

    • Always handle paintings with clean hands or wear gloves to avoid transferring oils, dirt, or moisture onto the artwork.
    • Hold the painting by its frame or edges, avoiding direct contact with the painted surface.
  4. Framing:

    • Use acid-free matting and backing materials when framing paintings to prevent deterioration and discolouration over time.
    • Choose UV-protective glass or acrylic to shield the artwork from light and environmental pollutants.
    • Ensure that the frame and hanging hardware are secure and appropriate for the weight of the painting.
    • For oil paintings (including cold wax and oil paintings) it does not require glass glazing in the frame. 
  5. Storage:

    • If you need to store paintings, keep them in a cool, dry place with consistent temperature and humidity levels.
    • Store paintings vertically, if possible, to avoid pressure points that can cause damage to the canvas or paint layers.
    • Use acid-free interleaving materials to separate stacked paintings and prevent sticking.
  6. Avoid Chemicals and Liquids:

    • Keep paintings away from sources of smoke, strong odors, and chemicals, as these can affect the artwork's condition.
    • Avoid hanging paintings in kitchens or bathrooms, where exposure to cooking oils, steam, and moisture can lead to damage.
  7. Regular Inspection:

    • Periodically inspect your paintings for any signs of damage, cracking, discoloration, or mold growth. Address any issues promptly to prevent further deterioration.
  8. Professional Restoration and Conservation:

    • If your painting shows signs of damage, deterioration, or aging, consider consulting a professional art conservator or restorer for assessment and restoration.

Remember that each painting may have specific care requirements based on its materials, techniques, and condition. If you're unsure about how to care for a particular painting, it's always a good idea to seek advice from a professional conservator or art expert. By taking proactive steps to protect and maintain your paintings, you can enjoy their beauty for generations to come.