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Oil Paintings Cleaning Correctly Is A Must

Author : Paul Cleary

As much of a enjoyment as owning fine art may be, it also comes with a specific responsibility tied to keeping it well maintained. After all, this is what art is about, connecting our lives across time and sharing an experience that only that specific work of art is able to offer. Oil paintings are treasures and in order to preserve them as such, we have to take some special care to not ruin them because as durable as they can be, they need our help to stay in attractive shape. First off, it is important to recognize that water based solutions are not to be used to clean oil paintings because they will end up causing flaking since the water will seep quickly into the cracks, having a ruinous effect. What you should do instead is look for the right kind of cleaner that has been made just for oil paintings since this is the way that those who help to curate and sustain these works of art get the job done. Another very smart idea is to speak with someone who cares for paintings for a living because they will quite often have advice that may be treasured to you that comes from direct experience.

Of course, if you employ a professional cleaner of paintings you are going to get the finest possible results, but not all of us have the resources to do this so you may have to go about it on your own. Gloves are a quite important first step because they are necessary for any touching of an oil painting and you should often use surgical gloves if you may, but it is even better if you can make use of gentle cotton swabs to do the cleaning. Once you have the right cleaner, you will see that with the cotton swabs you can gently remove all of the debris that an average oil painting will tend to accumulate over the years, something important to remove if you desire to enhance the painting's material and aesthetic value. After cleaning, you will wish to use a special varnish that has been made merely for oil paintings so that you will be able to sustain the integrity of the colors for years to come. Following each of these measures meticulously, along with good advice, should give you a excellent looking painting.

So, in the end, there are two basic methods to clean your oil painting without damaging it. You could choose to hire someone who specializes in this kind of work or you may do it yourself in the manner described here. These are the means we know for sure work so they are what you should usually stick with to attention for your paintings.

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