Tips about framing and caring for your painting
Framing your oil painting
I always believe that framing any painting is a personal choice. However, it is worth noting that whatever frame you choose, please DO NOT frame it with glass. This is very important to avoid potential condensation, which could seriously affect the quality of the painting.
Oil paintings need to breathe.
Caring for your oil painting
Oil paintings can maintain vivid and beautiful colours for many years. It just needs a little care and attention:
- Securely place/hang the painting in a suitable area away from direct sunlight, bright overhead lights, fireplaces, radiators and heaters.
- Oil paintings are not suitable to place/hang in bathrooms or kitchens.
- Avoid exposing your oil painting to extreme heat, extreme cold or extreme humidity.
- Handle with care and avoid touching the surface of the painting with your hands.
- The surface of the painting should not require regular cleaning. Occasionally, dust the surface of the painting gently with a soft dry brush to remove the loose dust on the painting. You may also use a soft dry microfibre cloth to gently clean the surface. If possible, gently dust/clean behind the painting.
- DO NOT spray anything (e.g. polish, chemicals or other household cleaning products) on the surface of the painting.
- DO NOT use water or damp cloths on the surface of the painting.
- If you need to transport your oil painting, cover the painting surface with acid-free tissue paper, mat board, etc. (or whatever other suitable acid-free packaging material). Add a flat piece of cardboard on top of the acid-free tissue paper/mat. Add another flat cardboard to the back surface, for additional security. Keep bubble wrap and Styrofoam wrap away from the painting surface. Place the painting and its packaging in an appropriate secured box suitable for transportation.