Number 1: Never put glass in direct contact with pictures (photos, prints, or otherwise). Within as little as five years, damage can occur to your framed work. Sometimes our customers bring us older framed photos placed directly on glass, when we try to remove the photo, some of the image has literally stuck to the glass. It’s actually emulsion that adheres to the glass. In other words, the image from the photo transfers to the glass, damaging the print. This happens a lot in areas of high humidity, like Kentucky where we are located or even in bathrooms.
Number 2: Never use ammonia cleaners to clean the glass. The reality is that both frames and glass often have traces of plastic in them. Ammonia breaks down plastics and even softens them. Damaged frames or glass can lead to damaged photos and artwork. In fact, ammonia isn’t exactly good for prints, photos, or art care either. Many of these items contain some quantity of petroliate distillates of some kind (plastics) as a component of the finished product. For example, paint pigments in some paints are produced with PVC. “But I don’t use ammonia to clean my glass,” you’re thinking to yourself. Well, did you know that most mainstream glass cleaners include ammonia in their products? It is always best to check the label.
Number 3: Be mindful of artwork and photography near eating and food prep surfaces. This is the oddest phenomenon, but if there is a piece of art or a photo within eyesight of food, it has about a 99% chance of getting food on it. If you doubt this at all, walk into any restaurant with photos or artwork on the wall. You usually don’t even have to look closely. Bits of food and splashes of drink are evident right away. This is particularly good to know for items that don’t have glass to protect them, such as oil paintings.
Should you need a little recovery help from one of these issues, we can help with that too. Contact the experts at Art Recovery Technologies of Greater Kentucky I 502.916.4990 l firstname.lastname@example.org
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