We believe that photography is one of the finest art expression and it should be treated as required. For this reason, we put all our efforts in preserving photographic art by following a number of considerations during its realization, from printing to final mounting.
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Now that the artwork is in your hands, it’s your turn to take care of your excellent source of art in the best possible way, in so sharing Phinest’s philosophy.
In order to help you to preserve and respect your artwork in the best way, here you are a number of suggestions to consider. Some of those are just easy common feelings, other are more technical advices. All are worth at least a reading.
First of all, make sure to have clean hands while handling the artwork. The usage of non-scratching gloves is strictly recommended in order to avoid finger prints and halos on the printed surface. Hold your artwork with care always. Secondly, the working area should be clean and tidy, free from food and drink items. Also, it is required not to mark the back of the photographs, not to use self-adhesive tape and glue on them, nor paper clips to organize them.
In order to guarantee you the best quality of preservation, we suggest you to provide always frames and glazing protections to your photograph.
Frames protect the photograph from physical damages, whereas glazing, mat board and mounting help to protect it from light, dust and mechanical damages. If all materials are well designed and good-quality ones, the entire framing package helps to create a real microclimate that will keep the artwork protected for long.
While choosing the frame (as well as the mat board and glass), we suggest you to opt for conservative solutions. In fact, unprofessional poor mounting and framing materials are responsible for damages to picture as well (sometimes even irreparably): when frames are poor quality ones, they are easily subjected to deterioration, to become brittle and acid, and consequently, to damage the item inside the frame.
Furthermore, in order to accomplish with the highest standard of preservation, every artwork should be protected in its back side as well. Frames should have a rigid backboard behind them: this should be an acid-free corrugated cardboard or acid-free foam core. Lastly, in order to protect the back of the frame from dust, it is better to provide a good quality paper dust sheet to be sealed with an adhesive or tape of preservation quality.
Made board plays an important role in preservation of the artwork as well, by keeping the printed area away from the direct contact with the glass surface. On the contrary, in case of humidity the printed area could easily stick to the glass and the photo will get ruined.
Make sure to choose for a preservation-quality material: mad board should be acid-free, lignin-free and with neutral PH if you want your artwork to be protected from harmful substance in the air.
In order to preserve photographs as required, a good storage is arguably a very important preservation measure to take consideration of. It should be a clean and stable environment (it is better to avoid attics, basements and any other location subjected to the risk of leaks); it should be a relatively dry place (30-40% humidity), with a minimal exposure to industrial atmospheric pollutants. Exposure to light should be minimal as well, not direct or intense. Photographs should be kept distant from radiators and vents.
If you decide to display the framed artwork hung on a wall, it is important to choose the right solution to safeguard the artwork. Firstly, it should be placed in an area with a moderate and stable climate, neither over direct sources of heating (as radiators or fireplaces), nor near air vents or exterior masonry walls. Furthermore, it is better to keep framed artworks away from direct sunlight, or long lasting source of light. It is better to avoid to hang framed photographs in areas subjected to moisture fluctuations, condensation and food residues as we can find in the kitchen or in the bathroom, two of the most inappropriate places where to hang framed artworks.
If you prefer to store your photograph instead of hang it on a wall, we suggest you to opt for a safe, stable environment. Also, light should be turned off when not needed in order to provide it from the unnecessary light damage. It’s recommended to place artworks with their tops up, not on their sides. Also, they should be placed face-to-face and back-to-back and they should be separated by a piece of foam core or acid free corrugated board to prevent from blows and breaking off. If they are placed flat, you should cover it in order to keep dust away from its surface. Also, they should have the right space on the shelf in order to be stored safe and sure, not hanging over the shelves.
It could be useful to place a little label on the side of the packaged frame in order to find it quickly and easily without open the parcel.
When frames are made of wood, they could be susceptible to insects and pesticides attack. It’s quite a common issue, nothing to worry about, and it could be easily solved by following proper integrated pest management procedures.
Another damage that can affect frames is mold. Mold grows in humid spaces, usually in the back of the frame, the part that is placed toward the wall, where air circulation is poor. We noticed that mold damages are most common in walls that are made of masonry, concrete, brick or stone. Precisely, masonry and concrete absorb water from the ground and release it later behind the frame as vapor that will favor the growing of mold. This problem can be easily avoided by hanging the photograph only in interior walls, better if not made of masonry.
While cleaning frames, as well as the glazing surface, a number of considerations should be evaluated. Firstly, it is suggested to clean them as needed, but without exaggeration. A more frequent cleaning is required for areas where the concentration of humidity is higher, or for those particularly dry, dusty or windy.
As far as wooden frames are concerned, they should be cleaned with a magnetic wiping cloth: thanks to static electricity, it keeps dust away, while holding it on the cloth. On the contrary, feather duster should be avoided as they can scratch the frame or remove part of it as well.
Moving to glass, heavy accumulation of dust should be removed with a magnetic wiping cloth. If the glass presents a dirt area on it, we suggest to use a cloth dampened with water and gently rub the surface. Be careful not to place too much pressure on it, and not to touch the edges of the frame. Mild soap and water solution may be used if dry cleaning is not effective. DO NOT use acrylic cleaners or polishing agents. Also, DO NOT use window cleaning sprays, kitchen scouring compounds, or solvents such as acetone, gasoline, or lacquer thinner. Even more care is needed when cleaning acrylic surfaces. Acrylic requires soft, lint-free cloth.
We suggest you to insure your piece of art in order to protect it from any possible and occasional damage, from technical problems, to burning or conservative issues.
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