November 14, 2017 Self Storage

Tips for storing fine Art in a storage unit

Artwork is all around us. There is no shortage of people who love to display, buy, collect, sell, and even paint works of art. One thing is for sure, though, and that is most artwork is large and requires adequate space to store properly.

Whether you are an avid artist who sells paintings, or have inherited artwork that was passed down from generation to generation and have no idea where to display it at the moment, you need proper adequate storage to preserve this fine art for as long as you own it. Here are some nifty tips to storing those priceless paintings that you own.

Before you put your paintings into storage in Melbourne, you first need to very carefully clean each painting. Paintings are very fragile, so using water and cleaning products will do more harm to a painting than good. To clean a painting, buy a new paintbrush with natural soft hair to collect dust and other particles off the canvas. If you use a brush that was already used to paint, you may transfer old paint onto the painting, which is exactly the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish.

If you do not have or cannot buy a clean, soft brush, you can also use a piece of velvet to gently rub against the canvas to collect dust. Cleaning instruments that you should not use are hard, stiff brushes, feather dusters, or damp cloths.

Place all artworks in their own airtight plastic wrap or shrink wrap, so that nothing can touch them while they are in storage. If your artwork is not framed, then do not roll it up. A rolled up painting will cause creases and cause paint to crack: the signs of a mishandling owner rather than a painter with creativity. If your artwork is framed, maintain its structural integrity by using cardboard around the frame.

With each painting wrapped inside plastic, add another protective layer in the form of felt, bubble wrap, or a blanket. Then place the artwork in a plastic bag, and tie the handles together. For unframed artwork, use two pieces of plywood, foam boards, or cardboard to place in between the artwork inside the plastic wrap. Tape the two stiff boards together so that the artwork isn’t able to move. Like with framed artwork, place this art in a tied plastic bag, so now you have multiple layers of protection against air and moisture. Carry one artwork at a time, and use both hands to carry the artwork on its side when walking it to and from storage.

When putting your artwork in storage in Melbourne, one thing to be avoided is to stack paintings on top of one another to save space. If you need to do this, use additional padding or use a painting rack. Refrain from placing your artwork on or near concrete walls and floors, for concrete can absorb moisture. Five or six centimetres away from concrete is as close as you can place your artworks in storage, and it is also a safe enough distance away from dust. If you place your artwork on a table, desk, or another surface, use newspaper or acid free boards as a liner.

Some storage facilities can be very damp and humid, depending on the climate. This can cause the painting to either stretch or tighten. The appropriate temperature for storing paintings is 21 degrees Celsius. It’s great if your self storage facility has units with climate control. If not, avoid placing artwork near possible windows or vents, as they are primary sources of heat, sunlight, and cold entering a room.