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Stretched Canvas Care: How to Look After Your Artwork

Maintaining the beauty and integrity of your stretched canvas art

Stretched canvas artwork brings a unique and artistic touch to any space, but its beauty and longevity depend on proper care and maintenance. In this guide, we delve into essential steps and expert advice on preserving your canvas artwork, ensuring it remains a cherished part of your collection for years to come.

The Importance of Proper Stretched Canvas Care

Canvas art, is sensitive to environmental factors. Maintaining a stable humidity and heat is important for longevity of your canvas. This section highlights why proper care is essential.

Protecting Your Investment

Artwork is not just a visual delight but also a financial investment. Proper care ensures its value is maintained, if not increased, over time.

Preventing Damage

Canvas is prone to issues like fading, stretching, and cracking. Understanding and implementing care techniques can prevent these problems, preserving the artwork’s integrity.

Essential Care Tips for Stretched Canvas

This section offers actionable advice for maintaining your stretched canvas art.

Optimal Display Conditions

  • Avoid direct sunlight: Sun exposure can cause the colours to fade over time.
  • Maintain stable humidity and temperature: Fluctuations can lead to the canvas stretching or warping.
  • It is essential that your canvas has been stretched onto a suitable stretcher. A slotted stretcher with cross bars at the correct depth is important to keep the correct tension and minimise warping and twisting
Canvas stretching: 19mm slotted stretchers ready Canvas stretching at SE1 Picture Frames

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Dust gently with a soft, dry cloth: Regular dusting prevents the buildup of grime.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals: Chemicals can damage the canvas surface and paint.

Special Considerations for High-Humidity Areas

In humid conditions, consider using a dehumidifier to protect the canvas from moisture-related damage.

Handling and Transportation

This section provides advice on how to safely move and handle canvas artwork.

Moving Artwork Safely

  • Lift from the sides: Never touch the canvas surface directly.
  • Wrap in protective materials during transportation: This prevents scratches and other damage.

Storage Solutions

  • Store in a cool, dry place: Avoid basements or attics where temperature and humidity can fluctuate.
  • Avoid stacking canvases directly on each other: Use padding to prevent pressure marks.

Professional Care and Restoration

For services like canvas stretching and repair, turn to professionals. Visit SE1 Picture Frames’ Canvas Stretching Services for expert care.

When to Seek Professional Help

If you notice sagging, tears, or colour changes, it’s time to consult a professional for restoration or re-stretching.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I clean my canvas art with water?

Avoid water as it can damage the canvas and paint. For stains, consult a professional.

How often should I check my canvas for signs of wear?

Inspect your canvas every six months for any signs of wear or damage.

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Our workshop is equipped to handle a wide range of specialist and bespoke projects. Undertaking small and large projects alike, we cater for artists, designers, galleries, museums, photographers and corporate and private clients. Orders range from single frames to framing works for large exhibitions.

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SE1 Picture Frames, Alaska Buildings,
61 Grange Road, London,
SE1 3BH, United Kingdom

Nearest tube: London Bridge, Bermondsey, Borough

Bus: Number 1 and 78.

Free visitor parking available:

Entrance is via Bacon Grove just off Grange road. Enter the Alaska Buildings through the large electric gate. Push buzzer and speak to security to gain access.

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T: 020 7394 0235
M: +44(0)7815 752 897

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We are usually on site but to avoid disappointment and to allow us plenty of time to discuss your project with you, please contact us and book an appointment before you set off.

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Please be aware that an accurate quote is usually only possible once we have seen the art work and discussed all possibilities with you. Our standard framing is to conservation standards and this will be reflected in the quote unless otherwise specified.

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