Care & Conservation Guide
These care instructions were designed to provide you with thorough guidelines for the care, conservation, cleaning, and storage of your print. This extra care will allow you to enjoy the artwork for many years to come.
- Handling: When unpackaging the work for the first time, take extra precaution. Fine art papers should be handled delicately. Keep physical contact to a minimum by handling the print only by the edges, preferably with clean white cotton gloves. The oil from your fingers will leave a permanent, noticeable sheen on the black pigment. Never place a print face down. Fine art papers can scratch easily, be cautious with the surface of the print to avoid any scraping. Always use two hands to support the print so it will not bend. Any crease will be permanent.
- Framing: When framing your work, use only archival (acid-free) materials. Acid bearing ingredients will cause browning or foxing of the paper. Use Conservation board or Museum board for any mount (mat) that will come in direct contact with the print. Standard boards will actively attack your print within just a few months, leaving stains that will travel deeper into the image. The fine art papers used are 310+gsm, meaning they are relatively thick. There may be no need for bonding, glueing, or dry mounting. Though if you're looking for a more interesting display, over the print being very long lasting, feel free to affix the print to a surface. This will enable you to present your print in a shadow box or floating frame type style. Consider if you will want to change the display in the future when making this decision. Any adhesive tapes used on the back of the print should also be acid free. Be sure natural expansion and contraction is taken into account when the print is framed. Taping a print all the way around a mat board may cause ripples in humid weather when the print attempts to expand. Consult a professional framer or use a hinging method. It is also very possible to get visible dust and debris caught between the artwork and glass during the framing process. Think of framing your fine art print like putting a new screen protector on your phone. You can definitely do it yourself, but you’ll get the best result if it's done by a professional.
- Display: As with any valued fine piece, there are many contaminants that can permanently damage your fine art print. It is recommended you display your print away from any possible contact with moisture, condensation, dust, adhesives, solvents, and smoke. Your print will suffer if hung in a kitchen or bathroom due to the wide variety of climate conditions. One way around this is to hermetically seal your frame. The pigments can be sensitive to heat, keep exposure to a minimum.
- Lighting: It is recommended you display your fine art prints in indirect lighting conditions. Avoid direct sunlight to protect your print from damaging UV rays. In general, less light will mean less fading over time. Consider choosing UV protected art glass when framing your work.
- Cleaning: Do not use your hands to wipe off any dust. This will scratch the surface and the oils from your hands will leave a visible residue. Use canned air to gently remove any particles from the surface. Keep the can upright without hovering above the print to avoid any Freon leaks. Never wash the print with water, cloths, or solvents. When your print is framed, apply cleaner directly to the cloth before wiping it down. Avoid spraying directly onto the glass to prevent liquid from seeping behind glass and ruining the print. Use ammonia-free cleaner on plexi/acrylic as ammonia-based cleaners such as Windex may cloud plexi.
- Storage: Store your print in a climate controlled environment. Ideal conditions are 70°F and 55% humidity. Your prints should be stored flat and horizontal, if possible. Interleave multiple prints with archival paper dividers and avoid putting any weight on them. Do not use any cardboard materials or the cardboard tubes your artwork arrives in. The cardboard material is NOT archival and is meant for temporary shipping purposes only. However, the white envelopes your print is placed in are archival. Tubes and envelopes can be re-used and/or recycled.