How to care for a canvas print

caring for your canvas printThe first step in caring for your canvas print is to avoid handling it unnecessarily. Fingerprints are unsightly and the oils and dirt from your hands can leave unpleasant marks on your artwork. Perhaps more importantly, the more often your canvas print is handled, the more likely it is to be dropped. The wooden frame is held under the correct tension to make the corners perfectly square  repeated impact could upset this alignment and damage your print. Moreover, the canvas itself might be scratched or punctured in a collision with furniture if it is being moved regularly  it is better to chose your display location carefully in the first instance and securely fix it to the wall. Should it be taken down for any length of time, do not place any items on top of or underneath the print, which might leave impressions on the canvas surface.

Cleaning is also important in maintaining the appearance of your canvas print and in most cases it should be sufficient to dust the surface with a clean, soft, dry cloth. This should be done regularly, to ensure your print always looks its best. If even a thin layer of dust is able to build on the surface of the print, it will begin to impact the overall quality of the image, reducing the sharpness and brightness of the colour print. It is also recommended to hold your print in place whilst dusting it, to prevent it being knocked off the wall and damaged in that way. Should the canvas be marked, which can happen in high traffic areas, lightly dampen a soft cloth and very gently rub the affected area to lift the stain. Do not over-moisten the cloth and always work slowly and methodically.

Moisture can affect your canvas print  the materials involved are canvas and wood, both of which are easily damaged with water. Constant exposure to humidity could potentially cause the kiln-dried wooden frame to warp and the canvas to loosen and sag, which would severely impact the appearance of your canvas print. In addition, high levels of humidity can foster an environment in which mould and mildew could flourish. Even tiny patches of this on your canvas print would ruin its appearance. For most people, this should not be a problem   sufficient ventilation and air flow in the room would prevent either mould or mildew being able to damage your canvas print.

Finally, you should protect your canvas print from direct sunlight. Whether you use wooden blinds or other window coverings to shield the windows where your artwork is displayed, or simply choose a shadier spot to show it off, this is a very important step. Although UV resistant inks and high quality materials may be used, it is recommended you give your canvas print some extra protection from constant exposure to damaging UV rays. Over time, exposure to this could potentially dull and fade your print and you want it to look its best for many years to come.

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