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Caring For Your Canvas Prints

Posted 2 March 2021
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Canvas prints from Real World Art are printed using the highest quality inks and with proper care and handling your canvas print will last for many years.

Here are a few tips on how to care for your canvas prints from Real World Art as well as any others you may have in your home.

  • Just like vampires, canvas prints (or any print) don't like to be displayed in direct sunlight, bright indirect un-UV filtered sunlight or fluorescent lighting. Sunlight and fluorescent lights both emit UV light that can fade and damage prints over time.
  • Look but don't touch! If you must handle the print, don't put pressure on the image as the canvas fabric may stretch or tear if care isn’t taken. Always hold onto the sides where the stretcher bars are located. Never attempt to rub the surface of the image with your finger or fingernail as this could scratch the surface of the print.
  • Dust build up can be avoided by lightly dusting your print with a soft cloth or duster on a regular basis.
  • If dirt has been allowed to accumulate gently wipe your print with a soft cloth that has been slightly dampened with water.
  • NEVER use chemicals to clean your print as these can react and break down the inks and any UV protective coating that has been applied.
  • As a natural material, canvas needs to breath, so don’t store prints in airtight containers such as plastic bags or behind glass. This may also lead to moisture being trapped inside which can cause further damage. Canvas also experiences small, subtle shifts over time due to mild atmospheric changes, so it's best to display them to allow for natural airflow.
  • When choosing where to display your print try and avoid air pollutants, heat and high humidity; in kitchens and bathrooms or near heat sources (such as forced air vents and radiators) should be avoided.

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