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Preserving paintings is an important task and hence it is necessary for people to learn about how one should take care of paintings. mdifferent materials are used while painting. Each material has a different sensitivity pattern and environment affects them differently. So how can paintings get damaged? The image can fade or develop cracks in them, the canvas can suffer from dents or it may even bulge. At times, the canvas is split or torn at the corners. Often the paintings also deteriorate and become yellowish over time.


To avoid this, try and preserve the paintings in normal temperature conditions. Avoid extreme temperature and humidity. It is variance in the temperature that can cause expansion and contraction in the painting. Avoid hanging paintings in smoky areas especially in areas where fire place is near. Handle paintings carefully especially while transporting them from one place to another. Also, carry the paintings with both hands and cover them while shifting or moving them from one place to another. Avoid hanging paintings directly under light sources as it can overheat and enhance cracking. Clean the painting regularly with a dry muslin cloth without dabbing the painting. Dust and dirt shouldn’t settle on the paintings as they can be acidic and can damage the colours of the paintings. Avoid direct sunlight. Sun rays can have a very damaging effect on paintings. They can cause discoloration, or fading in the paintings. Never hang paintings where they have a direct exposure to sunlight or even artificial light, such a halogen bulbs. It also enhances the yellowing of the varnish. Oil and acrylic paintings are most sensitive to light. If the painting is covered with glass, it will require regular clean up. Always spray the glass cleaner on the cloth rather on the glass while cleaning.

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