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How to Take Care of Your Printed Artwork

How to take care of your printed artwork

This is it! The best part of your photo session with Truluck Photography has finally come – your printed artwork is here! But how do you take care of it so that it lasts a lifetime? Should you clean it? Can you clean it? I’ve compiled a list of ways you can take care of your heirloom artwork to ensure it lasts a lifetime – from standard photographic prints to acrylic prints, metal prints, and canvas prints. You can read more about the luxurious wall art that I offer my clients here.

Printed artwork of two girls with a white horse hung on a wall with a table nearby.

Taking care of standard photographic prints

The best way to protect your photographic prints is to frame them right away to avoid getting dust on them or accidentally bending them. These are the most fragile, though cost-effective prints that I offer.

Once behind glass, you can spray the protective glass barrier with your favorite glass cleaner to keep away dust and fingerprints.

Printed artwork of a brown and white paint horse hung in a living room with grayish blue couches.
Stylish interior of living room with comfortable furniture

Taking care of acrylic prints

Acrylic prints are one of the more durable pieces of printed artwork out there. You don’t have to worry about bending your print. But you do have to worry about fingerprints showing up on the polished surface.

I recommend that you clean your acrylic prints with a soft microfiber cloth and a little bit of water. Do not use chemicals on the surface of your acrylic print.

Taking care of metal prints

Metal prints are also durable pieces of printed artwork – these can actually be hung outside (such as in a barn) in direct sunlight without fading. These are especially stunning for black and white photos (hint, hint).

Don’t use anything abrasive like paper towels to clean your metal prints – these can scratch and damage them. Instead, just like with acrylic prints, use a soft microfiber towel to clean your metal prints. A little bit of water can be used to clean your metal print, but if you need something a little stronger, you can also use a small bit of glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol.

Taking care of canvas prints

I have teamed up with Guild Canvas to offer you some absolute workhorses for canvas prints. These canvases have a hand-painted acrylic coating to help seal and protect your precious artwork.

Like the other print options, I recommend that you use a microfiber cloth to clean your canvas. Water is always recommended first, but you can also use a little bit of glass cleaner with no issue. Guild has sent us videos of them eating spaghetti off of their canvases and cleaning it with no issue, so if durability is your thing, go for a canvas!

Are you ready to design your own custom printed artwork? Reach out today about scheduling a session with me!

July 20, 2022

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