Try to stay out of, or at least block, the sun

Strong sunshine may fade almost everything over time, even your most recent and most treasured piece of artwork. Avoid hanging your artwork where it will be subjected to prolonged periods of direct sunlight.

It’s important to know whether to use glass vs acrylic or plexiglass in a frame

If you were looking for a certain picture to display in your sunroom, what would you do if you couldn’t locate it? If you don’t want the sun to have any influence on the decor of your room, have your artwork framed with UV-protective acrylic rather than glass. It’s far easier on the eyes than glass, and it will protect your artwork from the damaging effects of direct sunlight without adding any weight.

Pay attention to the relative humidity

The condition of your artwork might be drastically altered by the amount of humidity in the air. In order to make your home comfortable, you need monitor the humidity level and keep it at about 55%. (You may check the relative humidity in your home using a hygrometer.)

Watch your hands at all times

Wear cotton gloves at all times while handling your paintings and acrylic frames to prevent fingerprints and other damage. Your fingerprints and skin oils will inevitably end up on them if you do so, potentially damaging them.

Keep all glass and acrylics in pristine condition

Always use a microfiber towel or a soft, non-abrasive cloth when cleaning the glass or acrylic panel protecting your artwork. You could also consider getting an acrylic and ammonia-free glass cleaner.

You should not clean your artwork, merely dust it

Never, ever use any form of cleaning or solvent on the surface of a painting to clean it if it is not covered by acrylic or glass. Dust shouldn’t be blown off the painting, but rather removed carefully using a feather duster or sable brush.


You shouldn’t keep your artwork rolled up in a tube

If you aren’t ready to hang your artwork on the wall, don’t even think of keeping it folded up in a cardboard tube for protection. Your artwork is never to be up for display. Acrylic paint or paintings that have been embellished face the danger of being discolored, cracked, or entirely dried up if they are rolled up for a lengthy period of time.

Preserve the original condition of the artwork

When keeping a large number of flat artwork pieces, it is important to constantly provide some kind of separation between them. Place a piece of 2- or 4-ply rag or conservation matboard that is two inches larger all around than the artwork itself between each piece. The artwork will be protected against acid, curling, and creasing thanks to this measure.

It’s best to store the artwork somewhere cool, dry, and dark

Basic precautions should be taken to safeguard artwork that is not framed. The best way to prevent sun damage, humidity damage, and temperature changes to your artwork is to store it in a cold, dry, dark place.

Imagine a solander with this

If you want to make sure your artwork is protected, a solander box is a good investment to think about making. These acid-free print cases with hinged front panels may be purchased from stores that focus on preservation.