Art prints are magnets for dust and grime. Check out this simple, six-step guide to spruce up your beloved art.

Cleaning your art prints is a vital part of preserving their beauty and longevity. Dust, grime, and other contaminants can accumulate on the surface of your prints over time, causing them to lose their vibrancy and clarity. Regular cleaning helps to remove these contaminants and keeps your print looking its best.


Supplies and Tools You Will Need:

  • Soft-bristled brush: A soft-bristled brush is essential for cleaning your art prints without damaging them. You can use a paintbrush or a makeup brush. Avoid using any brushes with stiff or hard bristles, as they can scratch the surface of your print.
  • Microfibre cloth: A microfibre cloth is a great option for gently wiping away dirt and dust without scratching the print surface. Avoid using any rough or abrasive cloths, as they can damage the surface of your print.
  • Glass cleaner: A non-toxic, non-abrasive glass cleaner will do the job of removing dirt and grime from the surface of the print without damaging it. Avoid using any cleaners that contain ammonia, as it can damage the surface of your print over time.
  • Water: In some cases, plain water may be all you need to clean your art prints. However, make sure the water is distilled to avoid any mineral buildup on your print. Avoid using tap water, as it can contain minerals and chemicals that can damage the surface of your print.
  • Gloves: Wear gloves to avoid getting oils and dirt from your hands on the print surface. It is especially important to wear gloves if you have recently applied lotion or any other skincare products to your hands.


Steps to Follow:

1. Before you begin cleaning your print, make sure to wash your hands and put on gloves to avoid getting any oils or dirt on the print surface.
2. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently remove any loose dust and dirt from the surface of your print. Make sure to brush gently and avoid pressing too hard.
3. Next, use a microfibre cloth to wipe away any remaining dirt and grime. Gently wipe in a circular motion to avoid any streaks or smudges. Avoid using too much pressure, as it can damage the surface of your print.
4. If there are any stubborn spots on your print, spray a small amount of non-toxic, non-abrasive glass cleaner onto your microfibre cloth. Avoid spraying the cleaner directly onto the print surface, as it can damage the surface of your print.
5. For more significant grime or stains, you may need to use a damp microfibre cloth. Make sure to use distilled water and avoid saturating the print surface with water. Gently wipe the surface of the print with the damp cloth, and then use a dry microfibre cloth to dry the surface.
6. Once you have finished cleaning your print, let it dry completely before framing it or storing it away. Make sure to store your print in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, moisture, and humidity.


Why It Is Important to Clean Your Art Prints:

Cleaning your art prints not only helps preserve their beauty but also extends their lifespan. Over time, dust and grime can build up on the print surface, causing it to become discoloured or faded. Regular cleaning helps to remove these contaminants and keeps your print looking its best. 

By regularly cleaning your art prints, you can ensure that they remain in their best condition for years to come. Overall, taking the time to clean and care for your art prints is well worth the effort to ensure their long-term preservation and enjoyment.


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