How To Take Care Of Your Art

How To Take Care Of Your Art

Artwork can be a valuable investment, both financially and emotionally. Whether it's an oil painting, acrylic painting, or watercolour, it's essential to know how to care for it to ensure its longevity. In this article, we'll explore how to care for your artwork at home, including how to clean it, where to hang it, and which places to avoid.

Clean makeup brushes are a perfect tool to help you keep your painting clean

Cleaning Your Artwork


Dusting your artwork regularly is crucial to prevent the buildup of dirt and grime that can damage the surface. For delicate pieces like watercolours, use a soft-bristled brush or a clean makeup brush to gently remove any dust. For oil and acrylic paintings, a slightly dampened microfiber cloth can be used to wipe the surface from time to time, although I recommend trying to dust them with a clean makeup brush first and use moisture only when necessary. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or moisture, as this can damage the paint.

When cleaning your artwork, be sure to avoid using any cleaning products or chemicals, as they can cause irreversible damage to the paint and surface. If you're unsure about how to clean a specific piece, it's always best to consult with a professional art conservator. You can always drop me an email at

How and where to hang your art to protect it from being damaged

Hanging Your Artwork


Where you hang your artwork can have a significant impact on its longevity. The ideal location is in a room that has a stable temperature and humidity level, away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and moisture. Avoid hanging artwork in bathrooms, kitchens, or any areas with high humidity levels, as this can cause the paint to crack or peel.

I would recommend hanging your less precious artworks in those places or paintings that can withhold adverse conditions, like pour fluid paintings or paintings that were sealed with resin.

It's also important to consider the type of wall and hanging hardware used. For heavy pieces, use a sturdy wall and secure hardware, such as D-rings or picture wire, to prevent the piece from falling and causing damage. If you're unsure about how to hang a specific piece, consult with a professional installer or art conservator.

Protecting your art from UV rays


Another important aspect of caring for your artwork is framing it with UV-resistant glass. UV rays can cause fading, yellowing, and other forms of damage to the paint and surface of your artwork over time. By using UV-resistant glass, you can protect your artwork from these harmful rays and prolong its lifespan.

When framing your artwork, ask your framer about the different types of UV-resistant glass available. There are various options, such as conservation clear glass, museum glass, and acrylic glazing, each with their own level of UV protection and clarity. A professional framer can help you choose the best option for your artwork and budget.

In addition to UV-resistant glass, consider using acid-free matting and backing to further protect your artwork from damage. Acid-free materials are designed to prevent discoloration and deterioration over time, ensuring your artwork remains in pristine condition. By taking these extra steps to protect your artwork, you can ensure that it will be enjoyed for many years to come.

How to take care and clean acrylic paintings

Types of Artwork


Different types of artwork require different care methods to ensure their longevity. Here are some tips for caring for oil paintings, acrylic paintings, and watercolours:

Oil Paintings

Oil paintings are durable and long-lasting but require special care to prevent cracking or yellowing over time. Avoid hanging them in direct sunlight or areas with extreme temperatures or humidity levels. Dust them regularly with a soft-bristled brush, and avoid using water or cleaning products.

Acrylic Paintings

Acrylic paintings are more resilient than oil paintings but can still be damaged by exposure to direct sunlight and moisture. Dust them regularly with a soft-bristled brush and clean them with a dampened microfiber cloth if needed. If the surface becomes damaged, it's best to consult with a professional art conservator for repair.


Watercolours are delicate and require extra care to prevent fading or damage. Hang them in a stable, low-light environment away from direct sunlight and moisture. Dust them regularly with a soft-bristled brush or clean with a dry cotton swab if needed. Avoid using water or cleaning products on the surface.

how to take care of your art

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Caring for your artwork at home is essential to ensure its longevity and preserve its value. Regular dusting with a soft-bristled brush or microfiber cloth, hanging it in a stable environment away from direct sunlight and moisture, and avoiding cleaning products or chemicals are all important factors to consider. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your original art lasts for generations to come.

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