Canvas prints are gaining popularity as a cost effective alternative to original works of art. Over time, however, even the most striking and sturdy looking canvases can lose their sheen and become a bit dull due to the harmful effects of dirt, moisture, water stains and other everyday wear and tear.
Although a quality canvas print can last up to 75 years, most experts agree that you should clean them frequently to keep them in good shape. With proper care your artwork will look as vibrant and striking as the day you bought it.
Here are a few easy techniques that will clean the print without damaging the canvas while maintaining it’s beauty.
- Canvas prints are generally water resistant, but too much exposure to moisture can still ruin them. If water spills over a canvas, dab it immediately with a soft, dry cloth before the water is absorbed.
- Remember, sunlight may be good for plants, but it is not the case with a limited edition canvas print. Direct exposure to sunlight for long durations of time can cause irreparable damage. Therefore, wherever possible try to avoid placing your prints where they receive direct sunlight for several hours a day. The ink is UV resistant and will largely be able to resist the harmful effects. However, over time you may see some fading.
- The canvas is made from materials that can get damaged by too much heat or moisture. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not hang your canvas print where there is a frequent change in temperature and humidity such as directly above a stove or inside a poorly ventilated bathroom.
- The presence of acid can also turn the valuable canvas yellow and eventually destroy the entire image. To avoid the dangerous effects of acid, it is suggested that you use an acid free frame. Ask your framer whether or not the frame is acid free.
- To clean a canvas print, simply remove it from the wall and begin by tapping it gently to remove any accumulated loose dirt. Then take a soft cloth and rub it gently over the surface of the canvas while supporting it from the back to clean away any settled dust particles. Be sure not to apply too much pressure. You can also use a slightly damp cloth to wipe away dirt stains that may have developed on the surface over time.
Following these steps will add years of enjoyment to your canvases while maintaining your investment.
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