If you have a lot of paintings or framed pictures on the walls of your house, whether in the hallway, along the stairs or in the living room, you want them to draw a lot of attention from your visitors. Some will admire them from only a few inches away, others will even put the tip of their fingers on the glass, and a few of them will run their hands over the frame, to feel its texture. All these come with a price: stains will accumulate on their surface and, furthermore, dust and marks will be much more easily noticeable.
What’s more, the commotion inside the house, the particles moved around by air conditioning, as well as different elements that could come through open windows will also have a strong impact on the overall aspect of your paintings and framed pictures. In these conditions, we decided to show you how to clean them in no time at all, with a few precious pieces of advice from our experts.
1. The glass. The glass doesn’t require too much effort: you just need a common streak-free glass cleaner, together with a soft, lint-free cloth. This combination will prove successful in removing dust, as well as fingerprints. On the other hand, if the painting or picture is covered by acrylic or optimum glazing, it will have to be treated with a little extra care. However, you will do the job with an anti-static acrylic cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
2. The frame. Things get a little more complicated when it comes to the frame. First of all, you have to identify the material: whether it is wooden, sprayed, gilded, color-washed, or welded. Each of these materials has different particularities and a different sensitivity, requiring a certain approach in terms of cleaning.
For example, for wooden frames, which are typically more sensitive, you should use a clean, dry, and lint-free cloth. Using any type of solution is not a good idea because it could damage the texture of the frame. Just wipe its entire surface with the cloth and you should be good to go.
For sprayed frames, which are on the other side of the sensitivity spectrum, the best solution, both literally and figuratively, is the one that you also used for the glass. Meanwhile, for the other types of frames listed above, you will need cotton gloves and a feather duster since they are the most sensitive out there.
For all types of frames, regardless of the material they are made of, as well as the glass, you shouldn’t spray any solution directly on them. Spray the cloth first, let the solution dissipate for a few seconds, and only then make contact. For the actual cleaning action, make small circular motions, whether you use the cloth or a duster. Continue the movement until the entire solution evaporates.
In any case, even if the frame is well taken care of, but especially if it isn’t, you should seek a refurbisher’s help after a few years.