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Preserving the Essence: A Guide to Caring for Your Oil Paintings at Home

When you bring home a captivating Aboriginal oil painting, you not only invest in a piece of art but also a slice of cultural heritage. To ensure that your cherished artwork stands the test of time, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to care for your oil paintings.

Puputji Thu - Juliet De Valter

1. Placement Matters:

• Avoid direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, and humidity.

• Display your painting in a well-ventilated area away from smoke or strong odors.

2. Gentle Cleaning:

• Dust the painting regularly with a soft, clean, and dry brush.

• If cleaning is needed, use a soft brush or a lint-free cloth. Avoid water or cleaning solutions.

3. Framing for Protection:

• Consider framing your oil painting with acid-free materials to prevent deterioration.

• Use UV-protective glass to shield the artwork from harmful light exposure.

4. Mindful Handling:

• Handle the painting with clean, dry hands to avoid transferring oils or dirt.

• Refrain from touching the painted surface; hold the frame or edges instead.

5. Temperature and Humidity Control:

• Maintain a stable environment with moderate temperature and humidity levels.

• Extreme fluctuations can cause the canvas to expand or contract, leading to potential damage.

6. Protection from Pests:

• Keep an eye out for pests that might be attracted to the painting. Consider professional pest control if needed.

Blak Excellence - Juliet De Valter

7. Inspection and Professional Care:

• Periodically inspect your painting for any signs of damage, discoloration, or mold.

• If you notice any issues, consult a professional art conservator for guidance.

8. Avoiding Chemicals:

• Refrain from using cleaning chemicals, sprays, or polishes near the artwork.

• These substances may harm the painting’s surface and pigments.

9. Rotate Displays:

• Rotate the display of your paintings to ensure equal exposure to light and prevent fading in specific areas.

10. Secure Transportation:

• If you need to move your painting, ensure it is securely packed and handled with care.

• Use acid-free tissue paper or glassine to protect the painted surface during transit.

By incorporating these simple yet effective practices into your routine, you can safeguard the beauty and integrity of your Aboriginal oil paintings. Remember, caring for your artwork not only preserves its visual appeal but also contributes to the conservation of cultural treasures for generations to come.


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