How can you ensure your treasured memories stay bold and bright while keeping pesky dust in check?
The Personal Canvas Prints team has put together this simple guide to explain the best ways to clean your canvas prints and keep them in excellent condition.
Every Personal Canvas Prints artwork is lovingly crafted by hand, with an outstanding quality canvas that repels water for durability.
Most canvases won't attract anything but general household dust, so a dry cloth or duster is more than sufficient to banish the particles!
The easiest way to keep them clean if exposed to dirt is to use a soft, damp cloth and warm water.
Heavy solvents or chemicals can break down any fabric over time, so we'd advise steering clear of anything abrasive as it could dull the finish of your prints, or indeed the canvas itself.
There are also lots of ways to protect your canvas:
· Avoid smoking close to your wall art - smoke can discolour walls and prints.
· Hang your print outside of high traffic areas such as stairwells where a passer-by could knock it.
· Opt for a wall outside of day-long sunshine if you're fortunate enough to have a south-facing room. That will help avoid fading due to regular natural exposure to UV light.
If you have a bespoke framed photo with our impact-resistant acrylic glass, we'd also recommend wearing gloves to avoid fingerprints!
Canvas is a superb material for modern home art, weighing substantially less than a heavy framed artwork that usually isn’t suitable for hanging on internal walls.
Our advanced printing technique means every colour is captured in its full glory, with an array of the deepest blacks and most vibrant reds.
Hanging your canvas print in the right place is a great way to preserve the integrity of those beautiful colours, so although canvas is water repellent and can be hung in bathrooms and kitchens, the shades will remain more brilliant in drier rooms.
Areas with poor circulation have lower air quality, so a tiny room with a lot of steam and temperature variations will gradually impact the quality of the ink - a living space, bedroom, or hallway are ideal!
Canvas is designed for flexible use, so you can even bring your prints outside to decorate an entertaining space.
However, it's best to keep them inside, particularly in the rain or hot days, to avoid weather-related damage.
If you're moving home, redecorating, or having a change around, you'll need to store your canvas somewhere away from the chaos!
Your special memories need a little extra protection, so bubble wrap or acid-free paper are perfect ways to ensure your prints won't get damaged and will be safe from dust and particles.
Acid turns canvas yellow and eventually can destroy canvas, so it's essential to use an acid-free wrap to avoid this problem.
Remember that while a canvas isn't made from brittle glass, it can become damaged, torn or dented from heavy impacts, so stacking it between other artwork or using a secure protective wrapping is the best way to prevent accidents.
Wrapping artwork is advisable for storage or moving, but any general-purpose bubble wrap and sticky tape will do the job well, so you don't need specialist materials!
Make sure the wrap is sealed tightly and with as few air bubbles as possible.
Air won't damage your canvas print, but the tighter the wrap, the less likely it is to slip and expose a corner of your artwork.
Tearing a canvas is upsetting, particularly when it's a bespoke print of something special!
Depending on how big the tear is, you might be able to repair it and avoid having to reprint your favourite images.
Professional artwork shops do offer repair services, but if you're going to try a DIY project, here are the best steps:
· Source another piece of fabric, ideally a swatch of blank canvas. It needs to be around an inch larger on all sides than the tear, so it isn't too tight and pulls at the fibres around the damage.
· You can make a patch from another fabric, but it won't be as strong or flexible, so a canvas is the best material to use.
· Lay your canvas face down on a flat, dry, stable surface.
· Use a regular white craft glue (making sure it's acid-free) or an acrylic primer as an alternative.
· Glue a thin layer all over the patch, and lay it over the tear, ensuring the ends are aligned.
· You'll need to press this down very gently and can use a spatula or piece of cardboard to avoid getting glue over your hands.
· Flip your canvas back over, and put a book or other object underneath the patch, so it's resting at the same height as the frame while the glue sets.
· If there are any loose threads, you can use a toothpick or tweezers to push them back into place - any that are too fiddly to reposition can be snipped off once the canvas is dry.
Ideally, you want to avoid getting any glue at all on the front of the canvas.
This type of glue usually sets with a shiny finish, which will look out of place on your matte canvas print.
Repairing a damaged canvas doesn't always mean it will look perfect, but it can preserve your memories and avoid further tearing that would be impossible to fix!
If you'd like any help or advice to keep your canvas print in excellent condition or deal with any unfortunate accidents, please give the Personal Canvas Prints team a call, and we'll be more than happy to share our advice!