4 tips on how to look after your prints

If you’ve invested in an art print you'll no doubt want it to last for years to come. Here’s some essential tips on how to look after your art prints so they will last a life time.

1. Handle with Care: White Gloves and Edge Support
To prevent oils and dirt from your fingers transferring onto the delicate surface of the paper, it is recommended to use white gloves when handling your art prints (grab a pair form your local pharmacy). Additionally, when holding the prints, try to touch the edges or use the support of a clean, flat surface to avoid smudging or leaving fingerprints on the artwork itself. These simple precautionary measures will help maintain your prints' integrity and prevents any potential damage.

2. Protect from Harmful Elements: Frame with UV-Protected Glass
When it comes to displaying your art prints, framing them with UV-protected glass is an excellent choice. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause fading and discoloration over time, which is something we want to avoid. UV-protected glass acts as a shield, blocking harmful rays and preserving the vibrancy of the colours in your prints. Remember to position your framed prints away from direct sunlight or any other sources of intense light to further protect them from potential damage.

3. Control the Environment: Optimal Display Conditions
Exposure to extreme temperature and humidity fluctuations in your environment can lead to warping, discoloration, and even mold growth. Avoid areas prone to high humidity, such as bathrooms or basements, as this can jeopardize the integrity of the paper.

4. Proper Storage: Archival Materials
If you have art prints that are not currently displayed, it's crucial to store them properly to maintain their quality. Use acid-free, archival-quality materials for storage, such as acid-free tissue paper or archival sleeves. This helps prevent acid migration and ensures that the prints are protected from environmental pollutants. Store your prints in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperature changes.

These simple steps will go a long way in preserving your prints, allowing you to enjoy them for many years to come.

For some additional tips check the video I recorded for Instagram. 

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