Summer is finally here with bright, hot days and humid nights. While you may love the intensity of this climate, for your art collection it can be one of the most detrimental seasons. Here are some tips on keeping your art work safe from heat, light, humidity, and mold.
Maintain the Climate
Moisture and temperature consistency are crucial to properly preserving your art — the room should be kept at 55% humidity and temperature at about 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Fluctuations of temperature can cause canvases to stretch or tighten, and paint may flake. High humidity creates the ideal environment for mold to flourish, so it is important to be aware of these levels.
Keep out of the Sunlight
Sunlight will cause colors to fade, and direct heat can be damaging. To avoid direct sunlight, use UV filters on windows, store in a cool and dark environment, and if the piece is hanging, draw the blinds and curtains when the room is not in use.
Protected and Packaged Correctly
Cover paintings with cloth to keep dirt and dust from collecting on the surface. If a piece will be in storage for long periods of time, air it out every so often — the aeration prevents humidity, and thus mold, to build up. In addition, use padding to store artwork separately, as opposed to laying pieces against or on top of one another.
The Right Space
The space should be climate controlled, as well as cool and dark, but avoid attics and basements. The damp or overly dry conditions are likely to be harmful to the art pieces. Install water alert sensors that will inform you of a leak.
If you’d like further advice or assistance on where to keep your art this summer, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.