Dec 19 2009

Four Simple Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Picture Frames

Published by at 10:06 pm under General

Now that you’ve spent your time and money on a picture frame, it is important to understand how to avoid damaging your frame and photo.Although there are many ways you can ruin your photo and picture frame, there are four simple things you can do to keep your picture frame looking good for years. Many people don’t realize how easy it would have been to protect their picture frame and photo until it’s too late.With these four important tips you can help keep your photo and picture frame looking good for many years.

Keep Your Picture Frame from Direct Sunlight

We all know the damage the sun can do to our skin, and unforfunately our favorite photos are no different.The sun’s UV rays can badly damage your photos so decrease the risk of fading and damage by preventing your frames from getting direct sunlight.

If it is impossible for you to avoid exposing your picture frame to direct sunlight, there are a couple of things you should do. The first thing would be to make a copy of your special photo so if the picture is damaged by sunlight you still have a good photo. The other thing to do is use UV glass or UV acrylic, which will significantly reduce the UV exposure to your picture. Although your picture will be protected, your frame may still fade in the direct sunlight. Some of the frames most sensitive to fading are ones made out of natural materials like fabric, paper and wood picture frames. You should also be careful with stained or colored frames like red, green or blue picture frames.

Watch Out for Moisture

We are all aware of the damage that can be caused by flooding but have you ever thought of the damage that’s caused by steam?Photos and picture frames can be badly damaged by this type of moisture. Make sure you avoid displaying pictures in a hot steamy bathroom or in a kitchen next to a stove or kitchen sink. If you choose to display pictures in these locations, be sure you have extra copies of your photos made and choose a frame that won’t get damaged by moisture. The best frames for moist areas are metal picture frames that are made out of aluminum and won’t rust.

Be cautious of picture frames with a sealed back.A sealed back can be either taped closed or glued shut with paper to give it a more finished look and help keep it clean and protected. The sealed back does not protect your picture from moisture- in fact, it can trap moisture inside.Moisture is naturally found in the air in the form of humidity.When the temperature outside the picture frame is different from that on the inside of the frame, moisture builds. If there is a sealed back on your picture frame, there is no way for the moisture to escape so it’s absorbed by your photo.

If you live in a climate with high humidity, you should consider getting some spacers or mats so your pictures will never get stuck to the glass. When a picture touches the glass continuously in high humidity, the picture can stick to the glass and be permanently damaged.Mats or spacers help keep the glass from resting on the photo and allow for air movement so the photo can never adhere to the glass.

Be Careful of Using Spray Cleaners

This may sound like an obvious suggestion, but there are many people who do not realize the damage that can be done to their photos by spraying glass cleaner on their picture frame glass.Anytime you’re planning to use a spray cleaner to clean your picture frame, always remove the photo first before cleaning.The sprayed liquid cleaner can seep underneath the glass and stain your photo. If you don’t want to take the time to remove the picture, use a cloth with the cleaner instead of spraying the cleaner directly onto the glass.

More Frame Care Tips

Another important tip to remember to avoid damaging your picture frame is never stack your picture frames without protecting them.If you’re moving or need to store your picture frames, make sure to protect them with thick towels or bubble wrap.  Metal and wood picture frames are difficult to repair, so take extra precautions to properly protect them when storing.

By remembering these tips you can protect your picture frames and special photos so you’ll never have the disappointment of ruining something you love.Remember these tips and you’ll have picture frames and photos that look beautiful for many years to come.

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