Plastic leads to mold, sunlight fades colors and other things you need to know before Storing Artwork.
Did you know that Saran wrapping your artwork for storage can cause mold?
Storing art poses a lot of risks. While it can be nerve-wracking, knowing what you are doing will help you save money on monthly storage costs. It doesn’t matter if you work with consultants or a storage facility, it is important to know what you want.
Create an Environment that Suits the Condition Of the Artwork
We offer clients the opportunity to consult them on creating art storage at their homes. The years of experience and knowledge give a unique insight into the most important aspects to keep in mind when storing fine artwork at home or in a storage unit.
How to Select the Right Storage Room
You have the option of turning a small closet or office into an art storage area. However, you must know what to look out for when choosing a space in your home. It must be completed. If attics or basements are not finished, they should be controlled by climate control. Make sure that there are no open windows or air vents. You can talk to a specialist about making a deflective device to prevent the air from blowing directly onto the artwork if there is a vent in the storage area. Also, be mindful of mold, dust, or any musty odors that could indicate a larger problem.
Avoid storing art in rooms with exterior walls. You should use a room that is entirely inside your house. This reduces the possibility of sunlight or weather bringing in sunlight that can cause artwork to fade.
How to Make Sure You Have Correct Documentation for Storing Art
While there are some basic guidelines you can use to protect your artwork you should be ready for anything. Protecting yourself from damage and loss is essential by archiving your collection before packing it up.
We suggest that you have a photo inventory of every piece and a condition report. This is the best way to organize your art storage. It allows you to document any changes or additions over time. We suggest that you have a “snapshot and description of the art, along with a note about any damage.”
Artwork Archive allows you to upload all of your documentation online. To keep track of their condition and the date they were entered, you can update the location of your items to “Storage Facility”.
How to Prepare your Art for Storage
To clean it, use a microfiber cloth. If necessary, we recommend using a metal polish or wood polish to prevent rust and scuffing. To find the best polish for your piece, you can consult a hardware shop. This will prevent dust particles or worse, rust, or other damage from getting on your art. You can also consult your appraiser to get a condition report, and have the piece professionally cleaned.
Ask a professional about the best wrapping technique: Collectors often wrap their art in saran wrap before storing it. Even if you use the best styrofoam or cardboard to separate the art from saran wrap you can still trap humidity in the wrapping.
Crescent Board: This is an acid-free professional mounting surface that art storage professionals use to keep pieces separate from each other when they are being stacked or transported. The piece can breathe while being protected.
Check that all materials are acid-free: Make sure you check that both acid-free framing materials and acid-free storage material are used when preparing your art for storage. Materials that aren’t acid-free can age faster and may dye the backing of your canvas or print. This could negatively impact the piece’s value.
How to Maintain a Warm Climate
The ideal humidity for art storage is between 40-50% and 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit (21-24 degrees Celsius). A humidifier can help achieve this humidity. Extreme climates can lead to cracks in paint, yellowing of papers, and mold growth. We states that rapid temperature and humidity changes are the number one enemy in climate control.
Modern art requires more attention. Encaustic paintings, made from wax-based paints, can melt very quickly. “It will melt when you’re at the grocery store over summer.”
Although the age of your artwork is important to consider, it’s best to follow the golden rule. No matter how old or complex the work is, humidity should not change by more than 5% within 24 hours.
How to Keep your Artwork Off The Ground
The art world knows that it is best to keep your artwork off the ground. A simple shelf or riser will suffice.
You can hang your artwork from the storage unit if you have enough space. It is best to hang art. If art is stacked against each other, this can be a great way of avoiding the need to add protection. A storage area made up of rows of chain link fencing placed about five feet apart. S hooks are used to hang the art from the fences. If you need to stack pieces, make sure that your art is stored flat-side up on a bookshelf.
How to store your art if you don’t have enough space at home
You now have the knowledge and tools to safely store your art at home. You have two options if you don’t have enough space to store your artwork at home: either you can use a climate-controlled storage unit or an art-specific storage facility. You should be fine as long as your unit meets the above conditions.
When deciding between these two options, there is one thing you should consider: your neighbors. Although storage units have climate control, there is no content control. Smith said that although storage units have climate control systems and monitors and cameras.
Exert Due Diligence When Storing Artwork
You should feel calmer and more prepared to store your artwork. You can safely store your artwork collection with a little help from professionals and intense attention to detail with our fine art services.
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