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Care and Cleaning

— instructions, tips and recommendations 

 
 
 
 
 

A framed fine art photograph can be the highlight of a room, drawing conversation and attention of guests. It might even captivate viewers enough to accumulate fingerprints. And that’s in addition to the common dust and grime built up over time. So even when you’ve invested in a top notch piece, the inorganic and organic material that interacts with it can react adversely with the frame, it's glazing and break down its protective properties. So here are some tips, instructions and recommendations to properly care for your investment.


Artglass Cleaning Instructions

Artglass is based on an optical thin layer system, which works on the interference effect. Contaminations on it, such as fingerprints, disturb it's optical benefit and appearance much more than that of regular glass. In the event of contamination, I recommend the following cleaning method.

  • Microfiber cloth without any chemical softener or a soft lint-free cotton cloth
  • Do not use regular kitchen paper towels, as they might produce scratches on the glazing 
  • Household glass cleaner without ammonia. I highly recommend Hope's Perfect Glass
  • Clean and dry hands - I recommend powder-free, one-way gloves
  • Clean from top down to avoid cleaning agents drying on the glazing and wiping from center of glazing to the edges
  • Moisten the cleaning wipe by lightly spraying with the glass cleaner
  • Using a dry section of the cleaning wipe, polish the remaining streaks or stains with a rotating motion
  •  Any contamination on Artglass glazing (i.e. saliva spots, fingerprints, etc.) should be removed from the glass surface immediately

Special notes

  • Do not wash the cleaning wipe with a chemical softener
  • Do not scratch the glass surface with metallic or ceramic tools (steel wool, cutter, etc.)
  • Do not polish the glass using abrasive materials (glass ceramic cleaner, etc.)
  • Do not allow dirt and residue to remain on glass for an extended period of time
  • Do not apply substances that "promise" to improve surface quality i.e. silicon spray

Frame Cleaning and Care Instructions

  • You can keep frames in great shape for a long time with simple, regular dusting. Just like the rest of your furniture and home accessories, dust will collect on your frames and start to distract from your pictures. Giving your frames a light regular dusting every other day with a feather duster, lamb’s wool duster or a similar synthetic product is a quick way to keep dust in check. Just be careful not to knock hung artwork off the wall if you don’t take pictures down for this fast dusting! 
  • If you dust less frequently, you may need to take more serious dusting measures for your frames. Take down hung pictures and wipe them very gently with a slightly damp cloth to remove larger amounts of dust. Do not spray water, acrylic cleaner or glass cleaner onto a hanging frame. This removes the posability of the moisture getting inside the mounting and damaging the image..
  • Because wooden frames are a bit sensitive. It’s best not to use any solution to clean wood. I recommend to use a clean and dry, lint-free cloth to gentle rub the away grime and dust

  • Do not hang purchased framed items in bathrooms. This can cause wood frame to warp over time and increasing chances of moisture damaging the image


Cleaning and Caring for Acrylic Glazing

  • This glazing is only used on pieces larger than 24" x 28"
  • I've tested several acrylic cleaning products for ease of use and static removal ability. The clear winner and my recommendation is Kleenmaster's Brillianize Acrylic Cleaner & Polish
  • Do not use kitchen paper towels to clean acrylic. Paper towels are the equivalent of wadded, ground-up twigs. Instead use a microfiber cloth or microfiber chamois
  • Clean and dry hands - I recommend powder-free, one-way gloves

  • Clean from top down to avoid cleaning agents drying on the glazing and wiping from center of glazing to the edges

  • Moisten the cleaning cloth by lightly spraying with the acrylic cleaner

  • Using a dry section of the cleaning wipe, polish the remaining streaks or stains with a rotating motion

  • Any contamination on acrylic glazing (i.e. saliva spots, fingerprints, etc.) should be removed from the glass surface immediately

Special notes

  • Do not wash the cleaning wipe with a chemical softener
  • Do not scratch the glass surface with metallic or ceramic tools (steel wool, cutter, etc.)
  • Do not polish the glass using abrasive materials (glass ceramic cleaner, etc.)
  • Do not allow dirt and residue to remain on glass for an extended period of time
  • Do not apply substances that "promise" to improve surface quality i.e. silicon spray

Proper Care for un-Framed - Matted and Mounted Pieces

  • so that I'm able to honor my lifetime guarantee on these items, it's very important that you purchase and install museum quality glazing
  • if your wanting a glass glazing, then make sure it's artglass quality with at least 90% UV protection and low-iron
  • if your wanting acrylic glazing, simply make sure it's museum quality with UV protection
  • I can not honor my lifetime guarantee or offer any exchanges or credit on un-framed pieces that were not protected from UV damage.
 
 
 

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