Whether you are an already existing, life-long art collector or just a budding artist, you’ll realize you need to properly store your fine art pieces if you want them to last a lifetime. The start of the pandemic last year forced art museums and galleries to temporarily close. This gave art collectors a hard time finding proper storage for their art pieces. Canvas artworks with oil paints and acrylic materials are quite delicate, so knowing how to store them the right way is extremely important. Before stashing your fine art pieces away, make sure to read these tips to keep any of your artworks safe.
White glove treatment
When handling paintings and other artworks, always make sure to wear lightweight gloves. No matter how clean you think your hands are, the oils from your skin may still transfer to the art piece, causing stains and damage.
In addition to that, always remember to carry both sides of the artwork’s frame when moving it from one place to another so as to ensure that its weight is evenly distributed during relocation. Never ever lean a canvas painting (or any artwork for that matter) on an uneven surface as it might stretch, drop, or damage it. Instead, always lean it against a wall or on a flat surface.
Keep your art pieces away from direct heat or sunlight because the UV rays can affect the color and quality, causing most artworks–especially paintings–to start fading. Instead, try to keep them all in a cool, dry place. Moisture can also affect your art pieces, causing mold and mildew to grow in them. Once mold starts to grow on your canvas, it is almost impossible to remove them all.
Over time, your artworks can become fragile and delicate to light and temperature, so it’s extremely important that you know how to control the climate of your art pieces’ storage space.
Never use chemicals when cleaning
Many cleaning products with harmful chemicals can permanently damage and ultimately destroy your art pieces. These products can be abrasive with some color-changing properties that can wear away materials used on a particular piece. It is highly recommended that art collectors use the old soft brush technique when cleaning their art pieces. If all else fails, and if your art pieces have some kind of sentimental value, then consider sending them to a professional to have them cleaned.
Consider having them stored away
Fine arts handling and storage is quite new to the Philippines. Lane Storage takes pride in pioneering this specific storage solution for our growing art community in the country. Now, the art sector can rest assured that your art pieces are carefully handled and stored away in highly-secured and climate-controlled storage facilities. With Lane Storage, trust that all of your art pieces–canvas paintings, sculptures, wood carvings, and any other type of artwork–are safe and preserved.
Document your art
If you plan on storing your art pieces, you always need to be prepared for the worst. Document and archive your artworks before packing and storing them away. You would want to keep a photo inventory and condition report for every piece, so you’d know any changes in the art or storage over time. Lane Storage Solutions provides inventory management, just the right tool you need in managing your art pieces while in storage.
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