talks about protecting and maintaining canvas print from UV rays,
water, heat and other elements.
Canvas prints are used by people to conserve their
most valued photographs, so that they last forever. However, with
time, even the most striking and sturdy looking canvases can lose
their sheen and become a bit dull due to the harmful effects of
dirt, moisture, water stains and other everyday wear and tear.
While a quality canvas print can last up to 75
years it is highly recommended that you clean your canvas print
frequently to keep them in good shape, with some TLC you can help
keep your canvas print looking as vibrant and striking as they
day you bought it.
There are a few easy to use and tested techniques
that will clean the print without damaging the canvas and keep
it looking like spanking new, always!
Mentioned below are a few ways to maintain and
clean your canvas print.
1. Canvas prints are generally water resistant
but too much exposure to wetness can still ruin a print. If water
spills over a canvas, dab it immediately with a soft, dry cloth
before the water is absorbed.
2. Remember, sunlight may be good for plants,
but it is not the case with a canvas print, direct exposure to
sunlight for long durations of time can cause irreparable damage.
Therefore, wherever possible try to avoid placing your canvas
print at a place that receives direct sunlight for several hours
in a day. The ink is UV resistant so will largely be able to resist
the harmful effects however over time you may see some fading.
3. The canvas is made from materials that can
get damaged by too much heat or dampness. It is thus recommended
that you do not hang your canvas print where there is constant
change in temperature and humidity such as directly above a stove
or inside a poorly aired bathroom.
4. Acid is another factor that can turn the valuable
canvas yellow and eventually destroy the entire picture. To avoid
the dangerous effects of acid, it is suggested that you use an
acid free frame. Ask your canvas print provider whether the frame
is acid free, cheaper frames are more abundant than you think.
5. To clean a canvas print, simply remove it from
the wall and begin by tapping it gently to remove any accumulated
loose dirt. Thereafter, take a soft cloth and rub it gently over
the surface of the canvas while supporting it from the back to
clean away the settled dust particles. Be sure not to apply too
much pressure. You can also use a slightly damp cloth to wipe
away dirt stains that may have developed on the surface over a
period of time. Doing this at regular intervals will make sure
that your canvas print retains its original luster and splendor.
Following these tips and tricks diligently will
ensure that your canvas prints remain as good as new and last
for a lifetime.
About the author
Gary Klungreseth works for Blue Horizon Printing,
they specialize in printing photos on canvas and offer a large
range of canvas prints to suit all tastes.
Contact him on www.BlueHorizonPrinting.com.au