How to Care for Oil Paintings or a Portrait in Oil.

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Enjoy your Artwork, please take care of it.

For years of enjoyment of your artwork, we have the following advice for the preservation and art care of a hand painted oil reproduction on canvas. Paintings, like anything else in your home, accumulate dirt and dust over time. The artwork does not need cleaning every week but it does need cleaning once in a while. Since it is a wall art decoration, in the routine cleaning of our home or office, it is one of the objects that are most often overlooked and forgotten about. You clean the picture frame, but forget the most important part, the canvas oil painting. Don't forget, the oil painting canvas needs your attention also. Artwork care is easy, below are some of the most common questions about the care of oil paintings.

How to Handle an Oil Painting Reproduction or Portrait in Oil?

If the unframed (not on a stretcher frame) hand-painted oil painting reproductions on canvas or portrait oil painting from photos are handled, make sure that you wash your hands beforehand and is free of grease or lotions. Never lift your unframed canvas with fingers by the edges or touch the surface. Wear gloves, use tissue paper or lift from below using cardboard for support. Hold the cardboard, not the canvas, this is to ensure there will be no crease or bend. Art care for oil portraits is the same as for your other artwork.

Picture Framing the Artwork?

The picture framing should the highest quality you can afford. For the oil painting reproduction painted on canvas; the frame you choose should be for the best visual effect of the painting. Quality framing is not expensive and worth it to enhance the picture.

Best way to Hang Artwork?

To hang a hand-painted oil painting reproduction or photo made into an oil portrait, use high-quality multi-strand, braided wire. Attach it to the frame (or stretcher frame) via swivel joints. For safety reasons, heavy framed fine art should always hang from two heavy duty hooks. Each able to support double the weight of the frame and the reproduction art paintings on canvas.

Climate Effects on Canvas Paintings?

Avoid locating your fine art canvas reproduction in an area of sudden hot to cold temperature changes. The room temperature and humidity levels should be constant. Large temperature changes may cause expansion or contraction or both, of the canvas, and the frame. This can lead to structural damage and cause a small rippling effect. The room temperature should be between 10C/50F - 25C/77F and between 40% - 60% relative humidity. Do not locate artwork in the field of any forced hot or cold air ventilation. If you are in a humid or coastal area, consider the use of a de-humidifier.

Damaging Sunlight Effects on Paintings?

Most paintings will be fine in a sunlit room as long as the sunlight does not touch it. Exposed (unpainted) canvas, the sunlight can damage the canvas, but not the oil paint. Avoid direct sunlight, fading due to UV rays is cumulative and irreversible. If possible, hang it in a room with blinds or curtains, away from the direct sunlight.

Best Way to Clean a Painting?

For artwork care you should clean with a soft brush. Don't use a dry cloth or a duster because it may get caught in the pointy ends at the ends of brush strokes and break them off. Cleaning artwork is not difficult. If something sticks to the painted surface, clean it, do not scratch it off, this may also remove and damage the oil paint on the canvas. If you can not remove it, have a restorer or art store clean it.

How to Clean Smoke Buildup on a Canvas Oil Painting?

If there is a smoker in the house, years of smoking might leave a smoking residue and discolor the art. Although you can clean it, the risk of damage is great, so, it is best to take it to a professional restorer have it cleaned.

What to do if the Art gets Wet?

If the art gets wet, seek repair advice from a professional picture framer or restorer immediately. But first, it is important to dry the canvas right away before any moisture seeps into cracks or mold starts. Your home insurance should cover such accidents.

Varnishing the Artwork?

All our 100% hand-painted oil painting reproductions on canvas and portraiture from photos not varnished. Varnishing is not essential. An experienced art buyer or a restorer can do it. Varnish to give it a matt, semi-gloss or gloss surface finish or to enhance the surface luster after a period of time. Varnishing also gives a uniform surface appearance. Different paint colors harden with different surface 'sheen', especially overlapping areas, between painting sessions. Oil paints take a long time to completely dry. Do not varnish for at least 6 months after you receive it, this will allow enough hardening and drying of the paint.