Have you ever thought about taking care of something that has a lifelong guarantee? Even though canvases last for a very long time, it will eventually need maintenance in order to ensure its longevity. Canvases are famous for their durability, however, to keep them as vibrant as the day you first purchased them, you need to give them some TLC.
Here are some things you need to consider when taking care of your canvas arts:
- Try to keep your canvases out of direct sunlight. A constant flow of direct sunlight over a long timeframe may cause irreparable harm
- Canvases are water-resistant but not waterproof. Exposing them to too much wetness may ruin the print.
- Humidity and temperature also play a role in your canvas’ lifespan. If you live in a humid area, your canvases will likely absorb more moisture. As a result, it’s vibrant colours will eventually start to fade.
- Never use cleaners, solvents or other liquids to clean your canvas. If there has been an unfortunate accident and your usual cleaning technique won’t fix the issue, rather take your artwork to a specialist in order to make sure that no harm comes to it.
There are different cleaning methods that come in handy for cleaning your canvas prints – it all depends on the type of dirt or stain you are dealing with. Some of these methods include:
- Vacuum cleaner with a soft-bristled brush
This approach is useful for cleaning dust of your canvas prints. A soft-bristled brush will dismantle dust particles from the surface of your canvas. Afterwards you can use a hand-held vacuum cleaner to collect these particles.
- Warm water and a damp cloth
This method comes in handy when you need to remove sticky residues from your canvas print. A microfiber cloth is the most delicate material. It’s highly recommended not to use anything coarse to clean your canvas prints. After you have wiped your canvas with a damp cloth, remember to use a drying cloth to dry any excess moisture.
- High absorbing food items:
You might not know this, but white bread and sliced potatoes absorb ink, paint and dirt. Here is how to use the #lifehack:
- Remove bread crusts and use the white part of the bread to rub on the surface of the canvas.
- Bread molecules absorbs the dirt, leaving the surface squeaky clean.
- There will likely be some residue left on your canvas from the bread, just remove it with a soft brush.
- Cotton and spirits
This is considered to be one of the more advanced cleaning methods. Add a couple drops of spirits or alcohol to a cotton ball and wipe the canvas surface with it. Keep in mind that some inks react with these chemicals. Test a small portion of the canvas, before going all out. If your canvas reacts negatively to spirits or alcohol, you can alternatively use petrol.
We hope that these tips and tricks will help you to maintain your beloved artwork for years to come. If you have any further questions, we would love to assist!