Caring for your Picture Frames

The Dawson’s Framing Top tips for Caring for your Picture Frames and ensuring your Artworks stay safe, bright and in the best condition.

Did you know that simple positioning and handling errors can shorten the lifespan and quality of your prized artworks? Here are best practice recommendations when caring for your newly framed artworks.

Taking care of your picture frames is essential to maintain their appearance and keep your photographs or artwork in good condition. Here are some tips on how to look after your picture frames:

  1. Regular Dusting: Dust your picture frames regularly to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating on the surface. Use a soft, lint-free cloth or a feather duster to gently remove any dust.
  2. Cleaning Glass: If your picture frames have glass covers, clean them periodically to remove fingerprints, smudges, or dirt. Use a glass cleaner or a solution of mild soap and water on a soft cloth. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or rough materials that could scratch the glass.
  3. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Avoid hanging picture frames in direct sunlight, as prolonged exposure can cause fading and damage to your photographs or artwork. UV rays are especially harmful to sensitive materials.
  4. Temperature and Humidity: Maintain a stable environment for your picture frames. Extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause the frame to warp or the artwork to become damaged. Avoid hanging frames in places with excessive moisture, like bathrooms or near air vents.
  5. Hanging: Ensure your picture frames are securely mounted on the wall, using appropriate hooks or hanging hardware. This prevents accidental falls and damage to both the frame and the wall.
  6. Handling with Care: When moving picture frames, handle them with care to avoid dropping or knocking them against hard surfaces.
  7. Frame Material Care: Different frame materials may require specific care. For example, wooden frames might benefit from occasional polishing or waxing to maintain their shine and protect the wood.
  8. Frame Backing: Check the backing of your frames to ensure they are intact and secure. If the backing is damaged or loose, it could expose the artwork to potential harm.
  9. Display Location: Choose suitable locations for displaying your picture frames. Avoid places where they are likely to come into contact with water, excessive moisture, or high-traffic areas where they might get knocked over.
  10. Inspection: Regularly inspect your picture frames for any signs of wear, damage, or discoloration. Early detection can help prevent further deterioration and allow you to take necessary steps to repair or maintain them properly.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your picture frames stay in good condition and continue to showcase your cherished memories or artwork effectively.

 

Dawsons Picture Framing on the Gold Coast give their top tips on caring for your artwork.

 

Dawsons Picture Framing D-RINGs and correct hanging materials and procedure
Incorrect or sloppy picture hanging methods and materials can cause more damage to your artwork and walls. Rusty hooks, worn out cords and jumbled wires can cause damage to your walls, can cause your works to fall from the walls or injury to your hands. At Dawson’s Framing we apply a brown, kraft tape liner to finish the edges of the back of each frame. There after, we apply soft felt “bump-ons”, these small spacers ensure no damage to your walls as well as providing a space behind the artwork allowing air to flow behind the work preventing moisture or mould build up. Lastly we measure up to drill round edged D-rings and screws into the correct position for hanging, using a plastic coasted picture hanging wire to prevent rust and wall damage.

 

Caring for your picture frames: Sun damaged matboard being replaced at Dawson's Picture Framers Gold Coast. This matboard (from an artwork recently brought in by a client for reframing) has been heavily discoloured by exposure to sunlight. This damage can be averted through the correct positioning of the artwork in the home and also by using the correct UV museum grade filtering glass
Caring for your picture frames: Sun damaged matboard being replaced at Dawson’s Picture Framers Gold Coast. This matboard (from an artwork recently brought in by a client for reframing) has been heavily discoloured by exposure to sunlight. This damage can be averted through the correct positioning of the artwork in the home and also by using the correct UV museum grade filtering glass

 

Caring for your Picture Frames: Dust with a soft cloth or feather duster. Don't use abrasive detergents. Do not place your artworks directly under an air conditioner.
Caring for your Picture Frames: Dust with a soft cloth or feather duster. Don’t use abrasive detergents. Do not place your artworks directly under an air conditioner.

 

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