5 Ways To Keep Your Artwork In Tip-Top Condition

By GQ Middle East
21 February 2019
Art, Luca Valentini
Pop art virtuoso and Italian artist, Luca Valentini, provides his top tips on caring for your artwork

We know you love your works of art. Of course you do.

But do you know how best to take care of the paintings that hang on your walls?

There are many types of artwork that can be found within the home or office - canvas, wall art, print, ceramics, and glass to name a few - and with every composition, it is important to take care of the pieces in order to ensure it can be appreciated for years to come.

Depending on the category, there may be particular steps required to care for those pieces to increase longevity, however, a few governing steps can be followed for all. Here, pop art virtuoso and Italian artist, Luca Valentini, provides his top tips on caring for your artwork.

1. Out of the Sun
Sunlight can be damaging to artwork as it causes fading and dulling of the piece. Ensure to showcase your art out of direct sunlight to keep it looking as vibrant as the day you bought it.

2. Cleaning practice
Like furniture, artwork needs to be cleaned to allow it to be viewed in the best light. Ensure to lightly dust once a week to keep it looking pristine. However, DO NOT use water or cleaning products as this can potentially damage the piece.

3. Know your artwork
As mentioned above, with different types of artwork, there may be specific requirements for caring for your piece. Make sure to ask an art dealer or research the best way to care for your style of artwork and be conscious to follow these steps.

4. Call the professionals
Unfortunately, there are moments when artworks do get damaged and if this happens it is extremely important to not try to fix it yourself as this could cause more harm than good. Always ensure to get professional help to restore pieces back to their former glory.

5. Keep an eye on it
As the years go by, pieces may need a little extra love and care. Make sure to keep an eye on the status of your artwork as it is easier to prevent damage than to try to fix it once it has already occurred. Take the time to inspect your artwork once a month and keep an eye on any potential problem areas.