It’s no secret that masterpiece artworks are worth the investment as they deliver a ton of value to your home.

Stunning original artworks are the gifts that keep on giving. They make any space a more beautiful and compelling place to reside, as well as being a hard asset that appreciates over time.

Any dedicated art collector knows that it’s important to take every step possible to keep your artwork from getting damaged or spoiled.

In this article, we’re giving you seven key ways to preserve artwork so that your favorite paintings can keep on giving — forever.

Let’s learn how to protect some of your most prized possessions!

1.   Be Wary of Sunlight

It’s always best practice to keep your artwork out of direct sunlight.

When a painting gets too much sun, it’s prone to:

  • Crack
  • Experience discoloration

While it’s always important to consider great lighting when displaying an artwork, sunlight is not your friend.

2.   Measure Humidity

Speechless by Beyond Art

If you have too much moisture in the air, the health of your art can be negatively impacted.

This is especially important to consider in rooms like the bathroom, where steam and water can permeate the air surrounding your artwork.

You can preserve artwork more effectively by tracking the humidity in your home, ideally keeping it around 55%. This can be done with a simple hygrometer, so go out and pick on up if you haven’t yet!

3.   Only Clean Hands Can Touch

While best practice to preserve artwork is avoid touching it altogether, if you do need to handle your painting for some reason, make sure your hands are squeaky clean.

The natural natural oils on your hands don’t mesh well with paintings and can lead to damage over time — especially when dealing with acrylics.

You could also put on a pair of cotton gloves for an extra layer of protection.

4.   Dust, Don’t Scrub!

Never use solvents or cleaners on the surface of your painting to clean it — ever!

If you do have a painting that is collecting dust, lightly dust it with a soft leather duster or sable brush.

5.   Keep the Glass Clean

Time Flies by Arte Ilay

For many paintings, art owners will choose to use a glass of acrylic panel to preserve artwork.

Because glass is prone to smudging and dust-collection, you’ll likely have to clean it off every couple of months to ensure that it’s not interfering with the integrity of the painting.

And when you do, use a soft, non-abrasive cloth or microfiber towel.

You could also consider purchasing an acrylic or ammonia-free glass cleaner. This will help you to preserve artwork like the pros in the galleries!

6.   Don’t Roll It Up

If you’ve received a piece of artwork that is unframed but you’re not ready to hang it yet, don’t leave it rolled up in a protective cardboard tube.

Paints stored in tubes are prone to become:

  • Stained
  • Cracked
  • Dried up

If they’re rolled up for too long.

Don’t take the chance — get it out of the tube and store it correctly!

7.   Store it Correctly

If you choose to go the storage route to preserve artwork, make sure you do it the right way.

Storage each artwork flat with something in between each piece. Two or four-ply rags or conservation mat boards that are cut to a width at least 2 inches larger than each artwork tends to work best.

This will protect the artwork from:

  • Acidic damage
  • Curling
  • Potential creasing

Pantry rules also apply when you’re trying to protect stored artwork.

The best way to avoid damage from sunlight, humidity, and temperature fluctuations is to store it somewhere cool, dark, dry, and temperature-controlled.

Important Takeaways

The Return of Happiness by Ramana Moshiri

We hope that this article has been helpful in giving you some key tips to preserve artwork — both new and old!

If you’re looking for new artwork to add to your collection, it’s important that the work is shipped the right way.

Here at Gallerima, we preserve artwork with all the best practices before shipping it out to you.

We’re so confident that a stunning original artwork will arrive at your door that we use an escrow system — meaning that your card won’t be charged until you’ve received and approved the piece of art that you ordered online.

Any online art marketplace, including social media, that doesn’t offer an escrow service should be avoided. You deserve peace of mind in the art buying experience!

Looking to shop around?

Check out our stunning online art marketplace today! 

We’re honored to have you join us in preserving the tradition of artwork exchange between talented artists and art buyers like you who care about keeping the cherished art beautiful for years to come.

Good luck on your search!