Care instructions:The prints are extremely durable.
But handling, environmental factors, and user error can cause the paper to become weak over time.
Fine art prints can be damaged by a number of factors, including:
- Light - Ultraviolet light is one of the biggest reasons that the art fades. Exposing your prints to direct sunlight and even strong artificial light from bulbs can cause color fading. Light damage is cumulative and irreversible and can even damage the structure of the paper itself.
- Extreme fluctuating temperatures - extreme temperature fluctuations can cause expansion and contraction of the paper fibers and make the print surface uneven. Temperature increases can also increase the rate of deterioration, leading to brittleness and the darkening of the paper. This is why museums keep a constant temperature in their exhibition rooms.
- Humidity - high humidity can cause molding and foxing (brown spots), and also attract pests like insects. Too low humidity will dry out the paper.
- Pollution - pollutants to look out for include atmospheric pollutants and other airborne particulates, dust, dirt, sweat, and oils from your hands and mounting materials from framing. Atmospheric pollutants as well as biological agents like insects and mold will only flourish as a result of uncontrolled environmental factors such as high humidity and temperature.
Poor Handling - incorrect treatment of the paper while handling can lead to creases and bends that are difficult to remove. Dirty hands and/or oils on the fingers can scuff the surface and leave residues.
We do recommend using cotton gloves when handling the prints.
- Mounting - Acidic mat board and other framing materials, including tape, can transfer their acidity to the paper which can cause mat burn over time. Mounting and framing with the correct materials is very important.