This is a basic guide and you should consult a professional if in doubt or when there is an appearance of damage.

 

Handling paintings

 

  • Use great care each time you handle a painting

  • Have minimum contact and keep dirt and fingerprints off the surface (use cotton gloves)

  • Remove accessories and jewellery to avoid scratches

 

Hanging paintings

 

  • Centre of the painting should be at eye level (rule of thumb is around 160 cm)

  • Large and heavy paintings require proper wall anchor with mounting brackets under the painting

  • Use wall hooks driven into wall studs (obtain permission from the landlord, if necessary)

  • Alternatively, avoid marking walls by using 3M® hooks with an appropriate load-bearing

  • When using hanging wire, ensure it is looped through the D-ring and there is no loose wire

 

Displaying paintings

 

  • Hang the painting on a wall away from the risks of accidental contact

  • Exposure to dirt, heat, hot air and humidity deteriorates paintings by causing paint loss

  • Rapid change in temperature (+/- 5%) can affect adhesion and damage paintings

  • Direct sunlight or extreme exposure to light causes fading and affects colour balance

  • Dust with a clean artists' brush in one direction.

  • DO NOT use moist cloths, stiff bristle brushes, or feather dusters

 

Storing paintings

 

       Choosing a room:

 

  • Avoid a room with air vents or open windows

  • Avoid attics and basements unless they have climate control

  • Be careful about the presence of dust, mould, and musty smells

  • Avoid a room with an exterior wall because it’ll be susceptible to rapid changes in temperatures

  • Ideal humidity is 40-50%. Ideal temperature is 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit (21-24 degrees Celsius).

 

       Documenting the collection:

 

  • Archive your collection before packing it up

  • Use a photo inventory with a description of the artwork and its location

 

       Preparing paintings for storage:

 

  • Clean paintings with an artists’ brush

  • If possible, do not wrap the artwork as it usually traps humidity

  • If wrapped, use acid-free materials and ensure the paintings can breathe

  • Acid-free mounting board can be used to separate pieces from touching when stacked

  • Use a simple shelf or rise to elevate the artworks off the floor

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