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Poor Storage May Result in Damaged Art! How to Save Your Art from Terrible Damage!

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It is very important to use correct methods and techniques when moving and storing paintings or artwork. Larger scale artwork may be more difficult to transport or store than smaller pieces. In some cases, such as the one illustrated in this photo, poor transportation of a canvas can easily damage the artwork. This painting’s dimensions are 103×75 inches, not an easy canvas to move, and has several tears ranging anywhere from 3 to 5 inches in length.

Damage due to improper packing and storage can be attributed to a lack of common sense.  For example, some clients damage pieces when they stack a heavy box on top of fragile items. However, not all potential damage is as easily avoided, and when tricky situations arise sometimes you need an expert opinion.  When help is required packing home items, we have found that businesses such as The UPS Store give great advice. Although it may cost more effort and money to safeguard your valuables when packing, moving, and storing, it is less expensive than restoration.  Keep in mind that extra padding on all sides of a packing box is a cheap alternative to repair and loss of value.

Here are some helpful tips for storing larger paintings

  1. Use sheets of cardboard to protect the art (cardboard can be purchased from moving supply stores)
  2. Elevate your valuables off the ground using wood palettes (this will help lower the risk of water damage).
  3. Do not store art in high traffic areas!
  4. Use construction grade plastic, found in rolls, to drape over art if stored in dusty areas or where it may possibly get wet.
  5. If individually stored in a box, take a picture of the art, and tape it to the outside of the box.

Although it is important to take extra precautions when packing and moving, it is another discussion for items on display in your home that can be destroyed by various disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes… and grandkids! We recommend using Museum Wax, which is an anchoring adhesive that can help you avoid damage to collectibles when a building starts to shake.  It secures valuable items to the wall, shelves, tables, and more, which means less falling and breaking for art collectors.   Once this client’s decorative plate is restored to its previous perfection, she can further protect it for further generations by protecting it with Museum Wax.

The lesson to be learned is that this kind of damage could occur in a minute when precautions are not taken during a move or when thinking ahead about earthquakes and hurricanes.

For more information about protecting your items when the building begins to shake go to .

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7 Responses to "Poor Storage May Result in Damaged Art! How to Save Your Art from Terrible Damage!"
  1. Hey thanks for the lead on museum wax! I’ve recently acquired some new artwork and was researching how to get it insured when I came across your blog…never even realized I could take physical steps to protect the artwork. Thanks for the tips.

  2. Lee Parthew says:

    Proper storage is very important for the artwork. Your articles always gives good advise. Thank you very much.

  3. Shubham says:

    Placing your art in a safe place is very important otherwise all your hard work can be spoiled.

  4. Shahid Khan says:

    Yes.. We Should Your Prevent Our Arts From These Types Of Terrible Damages For Sure 🙂

  5. this kind of damage could occur in a minute when precautions are not taken during a move or when thinking ahead about earthquakes and hurricanes.

  6. I am not really an art enthusiast but I do like doing arts and crafts with my family during the weekends and whenever we have any spare time. Such interactive activities help to bond the family closer together and help in the development of creativity in children, so we strongly encourage them. As for the storage of our masterpieces, we simply stack them up according to size and material (paper, canvas etc) and lock them in waterproof plastic tubs. They help to keep the mould and dust out which is good enough for us.

  7. Even though art might just be a pastime hobby for some of us, it is still important to ensure you provide a proper storage area for your masterpieces. Else, all that hard work might just go to waste should the artworks get in contact with moisture or other air pollutants. Storing them properly would mean you will have even a longer period of time to admire your works.

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