Caring for your picture frame

Ever wondered how best to look after your picture frames? Here are a few tips that will help.

Avoid hanging pictures above radiators or heat sources. Extreme or rapid changes in temperatures cause paper and wood to warp and dry out. Adhesives can fail.

Hang securely – two hooks are better than one. Place each hook a quarter of the way in from each side of the frame. Check the cord or wire is designed to support the weight of the artwork. Where safety is critical, for example in children’s bedrooms, safety fittings and acrylic glazing can be used.

When cleaning, dust frames with a soft brush. If cleaning fluids have to be used on the glass. apply them to a duster first. Take care not to let the fluid touch the frame.

Don’t use cleaning fluids or water on the varnished surface of oil paintings; again dust carefully.

Damp can cause pictures to ripple. If the ripples touch the glass the picture might stick and be hard to remove. Damp also  encourages fungal growth which can show as brown stains. Conservation framing can slow these effects.

Try to avoid hanging pictures in direct sunlight as this fades colours and discolours the paper. Special UV protection glass can be used to slow this process and is available from Alchemy Art & Framing.

When transporting a picture frame, hold the frame firmly on both sides. If you have to store pictures, make sure they are stacked vertically and the right way up. Stack with glass to glass, back to back, so that the hangers do not damage the frames.

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