Artwork is an expression of your style, and you want to protect your purchased goods. Whether your pieces are expensive or a bargain, it’s important to safeguard your investments. Between transport, shipping, and protection in your home, here are some tips to keep your art in its best condition.

Moving It Yourself

Once you’ve purchased a fabulous piece of artwork, you’ve got to find a way to get it home. For starters, you must pay attention to your hands. Your fingerprints can quickly smudge fine pieces, so gloves are suggested if the art isn’t framed. Unframed paintings are traditionally rolled up and placed into a cardboard tube for safe travels. For framed pieces, it’s suggested to wrap them in protective packaging, such as bubble wrap. Alternatively, you can cover your art in Styrofoam for added safety. For small images, boxes can also be beneficial. Large sculptures and paintings, however, require more stable protection, such as crates. Professionals can be hired if you’re uncomfortable with DIY packing.

Shipping It

For patrons who are shipping artwork, safe travels are a priority. Again, you don’t want to ruin your new item! More importantly, you don’t want your new purchase damaged in transport. If you’re ordering from a site for home delivery, it’s a little out of your control. You can, however, ask questions to get a feel for the shipping crew. Make sure the warehouse security is up to snuff. Qualified professionals will always ensure the item is packaged appropriately with a “fragile” sticker located on the parcel. Sellers often help their buyers by offering added safeguards like artwork insurance. You will pay a little more for your item, but you can rest easy knowing your art is covered if something should happen.

At Home

Once you’ve gotten your artwork home, it’s time to ensure proper protection from the elements. The type of barrier depends on your purchased piece. For example, unframed paintings will be safe in a Plexiglas frame. Statues and sculptures, on the other hand, would thrive in display cases. Additionally, you should limit the exposure to direct sunlight on artwork. Paintings, in particular, can quickly age when they experience too much sun. Some framing techniques are designed with UV protection. You’ll also want to regularly dust your paintings with a microfiber cloth; never apply cleaning solutions to your unframed works. Also, consider the humidity in your chosen display room. Moisture can quickly ruin paintings.

If you safely transport your artwork and keep it protected, your pieces are sure to last for a long time. Your art will thank you.