How to Preserve an Original Oil Painting

by Kath Dawson

Buying an original oil painting is easier than preserving it intact for years to come. If you have bought an original painting either from an art gallery or an online art gallery, you need to take some essential tips in learning how to preserve it well so that it remains like its original self for a long time.

If you know how to preserve an original oil painting, it is not all that difficult a thing to do. Here are some easy steps you can take to preserve your original painting:

  • Fluctuating room temperature can ruin the oil painting completely. Hence hang it in a room where the temperature is normal – neither too hot nor too humid.
  • Pay attention to the back of the painting too. Regularly clean its back by using vacuum cleaner or soft brushes.
  • Any type of smoke be it from a cigarette, small little candle or fire, can destroy the painting. Hence, the room where you choose to display the painting shouldn’t have a fireplace. And don’t ever let the smokers puff cigarettes near the painting.

The simplest thing you can do to preserve your original oil painting is to clean it regularly and keep it away from dust. Never use any rough piece of cloth for cleaning it. Always clean the painting with soft brushes, moist cotton wool or soft micro fibre cloth.

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