The maintenance of fine art prints is as important as the production process. Framing is one of the most effective methods in protecting the prints. Besides using archival materials when framing, the quality of the frame can be prolonged through appropriate hanging, handling, and cleaning.
When hanging frames, it is important to find a sturdy wall. The wall has to be strong enough to withstand the weight of the frames. As such, we advise avoiding hanging frames onto drywall.
To keep the frames in good condition, it is also necessary to maintain the level of humidity between 40% – 60%. Avoid humid environments because mold and pests could cause the deterioration of frames’ materials and undulations of the prints.
It is important to keep the framed artwork away from extreme temperatures. The suitable range for ideal hanging places is from 18°C to 24°C. Avoid places with fluctuations in temperature such as near the air conditioner, radiator, or air vent.
Places with direct sunlight are not suitable for hanging because the light would change the color of the frame and print. In the case of ceiling lights, make sure there is some distance between the bulbs and the artworks because the heat from the lights can cause the quality of the prints and the frames to decline over time. In summary, it’s a good idea to keep the framed artworks from direct light sources for a long period.
Last but not least, make sure that the artworks are hung far from the reach of children and pets. This will not only prevent the artworks from damaging but also keeping the children and pets safe.