When you purchase an original oil painting (from me or any other painter), it’s important to know how to take care of it. To enjoy your painting for many years to come, here are a few tips.

Handle with Care

Make sure you handle your original oil painting with care at all times. Never lean the front or back of a stretched canvas on a pointed or sharp object. Even if it’s small, it can leave a dent that will disfigure the work. Whenever you need to handle your painting, avoid touching the painted section, and instead handle by the edges or frame. If you have to transport the work, lay a flat piece of mat board, cardboard, or a similar firm material over the front and back surfaces, then wrap in Styrofoam wrap or bubble wrap.

Room Selection

It seems simple enough to pick a place for your new painting to hang in your home, but to keep it in the best condition takes careful thinking. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will fade the colors in your oil painting, so avoid it if possible. Also, never expose your painting to extreme heat, extreme cold, or extreme humidity. You might not be leaving your original oil painting out in the snow, but you could leave it in a cold basement or garage and that could cause damage to your piece. Avoid hanging it directly over fires, radiators, heaters, and in kitchens or bathrooms. The dampness of your bathroom could encourage mold and mildew to grow, and that is not a pleasant find on your painting!

Hanging the Painting

Before you hang the painting, make sure the hook you have is secure and strong. Note the weight of the painting and use the correct heavy screws and hooks so the painting doesn’t fall and get damaged. Don’t rely on a regular nail for hanging a priceless painting.

Folded purple, green and pink microfiber cloths stacked together on a white wooden table.

A microfiber cloth is the perfect tool to use to lightly dust off your oil painting.

Keep it clean

You don’t need to clean it frequently, but a good dusting once in a while is recommended. If you don’t, a layer of dust could build up on the work and dry out the paint, which can result in cracking and peeling. Don’t use chemical or household cleaning products on your painting. A feather duster can work, but it might catch on the painting. However, a dry, soft fine brush or a microfiber cloth is perfect to lightly dust off your oil painting.

Enjoy Your Painting

With these tips, I hope you enjoy your oil painting for years to come. If you are in the market for some beautiful art to add to your walls, check out my paintings! And of course, if you have a question about one of my pieces, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for supporting your local Colorado artists!