Caring For Your Art - How to Protect Prints, Albums, and More
Nov 24, 2017 | By: Life in Pixels Photography
At Life in Pixels, we believe strongly in the importance of quality portrait art that can be cherished for generations. While we do our best to only rely on some of the most reputable labs around, once you receive your finished art, it becomes your responsibility to care for it and ensure that it remains just as breathtaking as the day you first saw it.
Caring for your art doesn't have to be daunting and time consuming, but ensuring that you care for it properly will help protect your investment and the look and quality of the piece. Depending on what products you end up with, the care instructions will differ, which is why we decided to put together this blog post to ensure that you know how to care for each individual piece of portrait art.
Basic Care Instructions for Your Art
While we ensure that we only order products from quality labs that meet our high expectations, it is important that you know how to care for your photographs so that they remain in good condition for as long as possible. If handled properly, your art should last your whole lifetime, and even your children's' lifetime.
Maintaining a suitable environment for your art is the first thing you should do to protect it from external factors that can cause damage- such as humidity, heat, and extreme temperature fluctuations. The ideal storage conditions for most photographs is around 86 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level between 30 and 40 percent.
Too much sunlight can negatively impact your art, so when placing it for display, be sure to select a location that isn't going to be directly in the sun for too long. When handling your art, try and wear white cotton gloves to protect it from fingerprints, scratches, and any other damage that can be cause by mishandling.
Care Instructions for Wall Art
Caring for your acrylic prints should be easy and take no time at all if done properly. Every few weeks, simply wipe down the print with a non-abrasive cloth in order to remove dust. In the event that dirt or streaks show up, use a drop of mild soap mixed with water and rub gently with a soft, clean cloth. Use a separate cloth to blot off any remaining moisture after cleaning.
Do not use any products containing ammonia or alcohol and never use paper towels to wipe down your print. Those materials are far too abrasive for acrylic.
Wood prints are durable products that shouldn't require extensive upkeep. The most important things to avoid when dealing with wood is sunlight and moisture. If your wooden print is exposed to too much sun or humidity, or if it happens to get wet, the print can become damaged. However, as long as it is hanging somewhere that isn't in direct sunlight, it should maintain it's look for a very long time.
A simple dusting every few weeks is all that is typically needed to maintain your art's original look. Simply use a soft cloth or a duster to wipe off the print.
If you think you need to clean your wood print, you can use a damp cloth to wipe it down, but make sure that only a drop of water is used because too much moisture can leave water stains that are impossible to get rid of after the fact.
Caring for canvas prints is very similar to wood and acrylic. Because we only use labs that manufacture products using premium grade materials, it is unlikely that you will damage your print by cleaning it. Canvas gallery wraps can benefit from a good dusting every few weeks. In the event something gets on your canvas print, you can use a mild dish soap and a soft cloth to wipe down the canvas, then remove any remaining moisture with a clean rag.
Care Instructions for Albums and Folio Boxes
Albums and Folio Boxes
The majority of albums and folio boxes we offer come with leather covers. The biggest enemy of leather is humidity. In order to combat this, be sure to store this pieces in dry environments. Like our prints, excessive exposure to sun can cause your albums and folio boxes to wear over time. Be sure that they are never stored somewhere that is exposed to too much sunlight.
Unlike most of our wall art that can be easily damaged by too much handling, leather actually benefits from it. Your body produces natural oils that work as a lubricant for leather, so by looking through your album, you are not only getting to reminisce about your session and your family, but you are also helping to preserve the leather.
If you ever have any questions about any of our products, how to care for a certain piece, or are interested in learning more about the products we offer, do not hesitate to contact us. We have a passion for prints and love nothing more than sharing that passion with the world!