Preserving Artwork, 10 proven methods

Original art is a significant investment for most of us. It is also one-of-a-kind, original work that can't be easily reproduced, if at all. In this guide, we'll go over professional recommendations to protect your investment in art.

Preventing physical damage

Hanging Artwork

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Humidity and temperature

Canvas vs. Paper vs. Wood vs. Metal

Cats love it, Paintings...

Direct Sunlight

Kids love it, Paintings...


White gloves on amazon

natural-hair brush only


Soft Goat-hair brush on Amazon

Long and short-term

Artwork Storage

Example foam pouch on Uline

Loose Stretched Canvas


Buy on Amazon

Plexiglas/Acrylic Cleaner and Polish


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For works on paper

Glass Types

Order different Glass/Acrylic

The weakest part of a frame...

Corner Protectors

Buy on ebay

Professional Art Restoration

For major art repairs or for expensive paintings, I'd recommend reaching out to professional art conservation and restoration services. They can clean your paintings, revarnish them, or touch them up. For old or damaged canvases, they can line, patch or re-stretch them.

In my experience, professional art restoration is relatively expensive with $200-$300 rates per hour not unheard of. Yet, these are totally worth it for serious repairs and expensive artworks.

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