How to Protect Your Wall Art and Retain its Freshness

Let's say you have a lovely piece of artwork that's been hanging in your home for years. You think it's high time for a change, and now you want to put your wall art away for future use again. And of course, to accommodate the new art pieces. Do you reckon it's as easy as throwing Saran wrap in there?

 Four words. Not a good idea.

 Saran-wrapping is not good for storing artwork. We'll get into that a bit more later. But first, you should know that there's a lot of risks that come when you're storing wall art. It’s also a costly venture, if you don’t know what you’re doing.

 But that’s why we’re here discussing how to protect your wall art and keep them fresh for longer.

 How to Protect Your Wall Art

 Wall art hanging around the house can get dusty with age. Some canvas prints may even be subject to discoloration after years of use. And even if your artwork doesn't have any visible wear or tear, it's still ideal to take preemptive measures to keep dirt from accumulating.

 So, in this article, we'll talk about how to store your artwork, how to clean them, and then what you can do to keep them in a nice and safe place for future use.

 Creating the Right Storage Room

 Common causes of soiling and artwork damage can be attributed to improper storage. Lots of prints, and especially paints, are sensitive to light. For this reason, experts strongly advise people to be wary of placing artwork in front of sun-facing windows.

 One of your best options for choosing a room to store your art in a closet or a small unused office. The room should be finished, though; and should be devoid of air vents or open windows.

 Steer clear of basements and attics, unless they're finished and have climate control. Be thoughtful about musty smells, mold, and dust accumulation as these three are indicators of bigger problems.

 And last but not least, avoid choosing an art storage room that has an exterior wall. Ideally, the room you choose to store artwork should be completely inside the house. That easily solves the problem of windows bringing in harsh sunlight and weather factor, which damage artwork and may cause them to fade.

 Maintaining the Right Climate

 Ideal humidity to store artwork is 40% to 50% with temperatures between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit (or 21-24 degrees Celsius). You can easily make this possible with a humidifier. 

 Extreme climate conditions inside a room cause warping, cracked paint, yellowed papers, and mold growth. Your primary enemy is a rapid change in temperature or humidity.

 Age of the artwork (especially in paintings) are considered. But regardless of whether or not your wall art is antique or not, it's better to live by what is right. Avoid changing humidity of more than 5% in 24 hours.

Preparing Your Wall Art for Storage

The biggest reason why paintings and other forms of canvas prints become dirty, discolored, or damaged is because of everyone's worst enemy: natural aging. But when you properly store your artwork, you can take some steps to limit the damage that natural aging inevitably causes.

Common symptoms of an artwork that is subjecting to age include discoloration, cracks, flaking paint, and warping.

Before that happens, take care to remember the following.

#1 Cleaning Wall Art

 You can either clean wall art yourself, or take it to a professional. Deciding on either means you need to consider the value of the piece. If you artwork is a family heirloom that costs millions of dollars, don't risk a DIY cleaning. Visit a professional restorer.

However, if you do decide to clean the artwork yourself, you need to properly identify the type of damage that's on the artwork. If the problem is age-related, you should visit professionals to do restoration for you. But if it's dirty, you can do it yourself -- albeit carefully.

●     Soft, dry brushes: Dust it lightly with a soft and dry brush. Also, make sure that there is no paint or moisture on the bristles before you clean your wall art with it. 

●     Spit: Your saliva doesn't have the same structure as water, and is less likely to damage artwork. But don't just carelessly spit a loogie onto your artwork and start aggressively rubbing. Moisten a cotton swab or a q-tip with saliva and gently wipe the surface of the painting.

 Never use water or cleaning products. Water changes the dimension of the canvas. It also washes out additives that are in acrylic paint. And chemical cleaning products have color-changing properties, and they stain your artwork instead of removing the dirt.

 #2 Utilize Crescent Boards

 Crescent boards are used by art storage experts. It's an acid-free professional mounting board that keeps art from touching each other when stacked or when it's aboard transit. This way, your wall art is protected, but it can still breathe.

 #3 Find Acid-free Framing Materials

 While you're preparing your artwork for storage, find acid-free framing materials. Acid can make your wall art age faster, and will also dye the back of the print or the canvas. That affects the value of your piece and its visual quality negatively.

#4 Wrap Professionally

This part is best done by consulting professionals. As we mentioned earlier, it's not uncommon for homeowners and collectors to saran-wrap their art and try to add extra protection with styrofoam and cardboard. It looks safe. But what you're actually doing is trapping humidity inside.

#5 Don't Store Wall Art on the Ground

Never store artwork on the ground. It should always be off the floor. In your storage room, mount wall shelves on the wall, or a riser. And if you have the extra space, hang your wall art in the storage room. This way, you don't need to invest in extra protection while it's laying stacked against other pieces on the floor.

But if you really need to stack pieces because you have minimal space, store your wall art like how you would arrange books on a bookshelf -- no flat sides down or piled.

Protecting Wall Art Takes Diligence

Now that you're aware of how to protect your wall art efficiently as you store them, you're now ready to make sound decisions on how to keep your artwork safe. With advice from the professionals, and strict attention to detail, you can effectively secure your wall art collection.

Bio:

Katherine Belle is a contributor at Enjoy Canvas. She goes to great lengths to seek out new interior designs every time. She likes reading, designing, and of course, writing about interior design.

8 Green Business Ideas to Contribute to Environment Preservation

Our environment constantly clamors for our attention, and planet Earth desperately needs our help. And for any entrepreneur looking to start a business, doing what you can to contribute to environment preservation is paramount in addition to being very much appreciated.

Today, consumers are just as riveted to eco-friendly solutions and clear corporate social responsibility (CSR) as they are in your brand's services and products.

And besides, when your business is eco-friendly, you'd be a proud business owner knowing that you're doing what's within your power to minimize waste, utilize resources efficiently, and maximize conservation of the environment.

It's your own special way of contributing to the green revolution.

Environmental Blog Sites

There are more than a handful of people with a feverish passion for writing out there. And if you're one of them while also being an environmental nut at the same time, then you're in the prime position to spread the knowledge of eco-friendly practices. In addition, you can make money out of your passion too.

  • 77% of internet users read blogs

  • 23% of time spent on the internet goes to blogs and social networks.

  • 90% of consumers find content useful

You generate income through blogs via advertising banners, affiliate sales, pay-per-click, and CPM advertising.

But most importantly, in your quest to write relevant content and climb up the search-engine rankings, you'll also be raising awareness about environmental care -- dispelling the myths and shining light on the cold hard facts about our deteriorating world.

This is you showing your target audience that they should be accountable for their actions; because they too can make a large difference in their own ways.

Eco-friendly Construction Materials

At first glance, construction materials don't appear very sustainable, but there are companies who have done it and who you can look to for reference. This green business idea is also good as many people today are all for building and remodeling their houses to use eco-friendly building materials.

Sustainable construction materials are primarily made for increasing energy efficiency and reducing the impact of harmful materials on human environment and well-being.

From foundation to insulation, interior and exterior, ceiling to flooring, and even for countertops; there's no shortage of various environment-friendly materials.

Properties of eco-friendly building materials that you should be aware of include:

  • Its ability to be reused and/or recycled.

  • Being biodegradable.

  • Local availability.

  • Being found in renewable sources.

  • Capabilities to reduce land, air, and water pollution.

  • Its durability and lifespan.

It's perfectly possible to furnish and build an entire home made of eco-friendly materials. Plus, they're a lot cheaper to produce than other traditional materials.

Organic Beauty Salons

If you're passionate about beauty products for men and women and plan on establishing your own beauty salon, you can easily do so while still contributing to sustainability.

16 billion pounds of plastic leak into the ocean waters yearly. And with the world population increasing steadily year after year, that number is depressingly increasing. But it doesn't have to.

If you haven't done this before, it can be quite off to imagine a beauty salon without all those plastic containers around, but here are some things to remember when you're putting your organic beauty salon together:

  • Only offer products that are vegan. No animal-tested or animal-derived ingredients.

  • Provide formaldehyde-free keratin treatments.

  • Use and sell recyclable/reusable products.

  • Hair coloring products free of ammonia.

  • Provide products that have negative carbon footprints.

  • Stay true to your goal and use eco-friendly decor as well.

Eco-consulting Services

If you're an expert on all things that involve green living, then perhaps it's in your best interest to start an eco-consulting service. It's a business that has a wider scope of services; helping offices and personal homes with solutions for better sustainability.

Eco-consultants guide companies and other consumers into decisions that benefit the environment -- like establishing processes that would control waste, reduce costs, and manage energy use. And for this to truly take off, it's advisable to investigate trends and keeping tabs on the latest environmental news.

Sustainably Remodeled Furniture

Old and broken furniture is still perfectly usable -- given improvements and small changes to fix what's broken, of course. With your knowledge in woodworking or furniture creation, you can break down and rebuild tables, chairs, dressers, bed frames, etc., into new pieces that you can make a profit out of.

Also, remember that sustainable furniture is determined by the material. It is mostly comprised of renewable raw materials like wood labeled with the FSC seal. It's also treated with eco-friendly paints, waxes, varnishes. In addition, this provides healthy indoor climate at home.

Eco-friendly Landscaping

Professional and stylish landscaping turns any home into a gorgeous wonder. But all the upkeep necessary for that costs the environment. It doesn't have to be that way though, if you're a business owner bent on providing eco-friendly landscaping.

It also helps that it's actually easier than most people think. By advising homeowners about how to go about landscaping with environment conservation in mind, you're doing your part to preserve our ecosystem. The biggest impact you can have is reducing the amount of water you need for landscaping.

Tips for creating eco-friendly landscaping include:

  • Using hardscapes like boulders and pavers.

  • Reducing your lawn's size.

  • Planting wisely.

  • Enhancing slopes.

  • Layering your landscape.

  • Nourishing the soil with essential nutrients.

  • Installing smart irrigation to avoid wasting water.

  • Investing in artificial grass for less waste on water and fertilizer.

Second Hand Boutique

New items are expensive, and they add up. And with many secondhand stores cropping up, you can help encourage your customers to save money and contribute to preserving the environment. instead of discarding the clothes you've outgrown, donate them instead to be sold at half the price and help someone else.

Purchasing pre-owned clothes have environmental benefits.

  • Eco-friendly: Chemicals and gallons and gallons of water go into manufacturing clothing. The resources (that can be saved) can be used for other purposes instead.

  • Dealing with textile waste: Clothes get thrown in the trash after a few wears. If they're donated to secondhand stores instead, perfectly good clothes can still be used by other people and extend the lifespan of clothing at the same time.

  • Encourages recycling: In addition to helping people in need, you also encourage your community to recycle.

Organic & Healthy Catering

Your passion for making food can be a great source of environmental conservation. It's a commitment to utilize organic produce in every meal course. This means vegetables and fruits are grown and served with no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, GMOs, etc. This also means meat and dairy are produced with no growth hormones or antibiotics.

Organic catering is sustainable eating that creates minimal waste in addition to supporting the local community by encouraging healthy living.

Take care to limit or eliminate the use of plastic goods too.

The Takeaway

Putting up an eco-friendly business is a noble effort, and a very appreciated one. It's rewarding in addition to being profit-friendly. You appeal to like-minded customers in addition to promoting eco-friendliness in your local community.

Author Bio:

Alison Brown is the brains behind Panel Wall Art -- one of the world's biggest creators and manufacturers of high-quality canvas art prints. She manages a team of highly creative professionals, designers, and skillful artists. Aside from writing about fine art, she's also really into improving home decor, and Star Wars.

Welcome to our blog

It's all go for our little art collective, with the new year comes this shiny new website which we hope you will enjoy. Following on from the success of a fantastic 2016 we are busy in the studio planning for the coming year.  In February we hope to find creative inspiration from our travels to the Tropics, so keep an eye out for exotic new pieces.  We are also excited to continue trading with our favourite craft markets and look forward to trying a number of beautiful new venues - it would be wonderful to meet you, so please check our calender for dates and locations. 

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