How To Clean Oil Paintings On Canvas

In the Mountains by Albert Bierstadt

It’s true that cleaning isn’t fun. In fact, cleaning anything can be super dull. But you have to clean your oil paintings. You have to clean them because you need to maintain their beauty. It’s a huge requirement for oil painting reproductions. Now that you have an amazing oil painting reproduction hanging somewhere in your home, you want it to continue to look amazing for years to come. In order to do that you must clean your painting at least twice a month. Most oil painting stores will advice you to clean the painting once a week. It’s a recommended option but you don’t have to clean it that often. Instead, twice a month is the best since it won’t be a major chore.

When the time comes to clean your painting the first thing you need to do is remove it from the wall completely. Some people prefer to clean the painting while on the wall. This isn’t a nice option since you might poke a hole through the canvas if you aren’t careful or in a rush. Instead removing the painting is the best way to prevent any kind of unnecessary damage. The next thing you need to do is use a dry microfiber cloth to remove all the dust from the canvas oil painting. This will only take a few minutes to rub over the painting completely. Don’t forget to go over the corners and also the top of the painting. Next you should use gloves and a neutralizer to clean off any thing from the painting. A neutralizer is normally made for paintings. You can ask the seller where to buy neutralizer or you can go to an art supply store and buy some for yourself. You only need a small amount to be placed onto the cloth and rubbed over the whole painting. It’s very quick. You must wear gloves to protect your hands from the chemical. Some neutralizers can burn your skin if used in the wrong way.

You should always ask the seller of the oil painting on canvas how to clean it and how often. They may have completely different advice and may even recommend that you have it professionally done instead of doing it yourself. When you have a nice clean oil painting in your home you will be much happier to show it off to people as they visit. Be sure to clean your painting at least twice a month. Use a dry microfiber cloth to remove dust then wet it with neutralizer to clean off the rest of the dirt.


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