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Climate Controlled Storage is a Necessity for Storing Artwork

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Storing your artwork properly is a must if you have fine art that you aren’t displaying in your home or business. You want to keep it safe and in great condition just as you were storing it in your home, or better. Unless you have a fully climate-controlled storage unit, this is not possible.

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Climate control keeps storage units at a steady temperature and humidity all of the time to prevent damage to the artwork. Keeping the temperature steady keeps moisture and humidity at bay too. But controlling the humidity as well, allows for optimal climate maintenance.

 

If the storage unit is not climate controlled, humidity may become a problem. Humidity can cause many problems, but here are three different various forms of deterioration:

 

· Dimensional Change: Paint and other finishes may crack. Fibers can break and lamination can get undone. Materials may warp or split and joints could dislocate.

· Chemical Reaction: Paper can disintegrate and turn yellow. Metals can corrode and glass could cloud. Salts may crystallize and move. Dyes can fade.

· Bio deterioration: Mold growth and bacteria growth on art may cause staining or devour the entire piece.

 

Having both temperature and humidity control is the only way to keep art safe over the long term. Keeping your art stored in units with climate control will also prevent damage from pests and vermin as well as protect it from exposure to extreme temperatures. Extreme temperatures can do as much damage to your art as a humid environment. It is best to keep the storage climate as steady as possible so that you artwork will not be damaged or ruined.

 

A word of caution – if you feel safe storing your art in a non-climate controlled location because temperatures in that place do not get extreme in either direction, hot or cold, you are taking a huge risk. A sudden temperature or humidity change, even if not considered extreme, can damage your art. Storing your art in a climate controlled facility that is equipped for artwork storage is the best thing that you can do for your artwork while it is not on display.

Mistakes People Make When Packing and Shipping Fine Art

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Packing and shipping fine art properly is important in order to prevent the art from being damaged in transit. Unfortunately, many people don’t always use the right methods for packing and shipping fine art to ensure that nothing happens to it. Here are some common mistakes that people make when packing and shipping their art:

 

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· Using packing material that contains acid. Acid can damage art, reducing its value dramatically. Invest in the right type of packing material for your art and prevent it from getting damaged.

 

· Packing art in areas that are not isolated or clean. Do you pack your art in the shipping area? Clutter and dirt in the area where you pack your art will cause dirt and dust to get into the package and damage the art. Always pack art in a clean, dirt free area.

 

· Not lining the box with insulation to create a barrier. Your package is likely going to experience a wide array of temperature and humidity changes on its journey. Line your package with an insulation paper, a bubble wrap, or polyethylene to create a thermal and moisture barrier and keep your art safe from temperature and humidity fluctuations.

 

· Forgetting to label packages clearly. If you don’t label what is in your packages, it is easy to mix up packages with others or even lose some. Labeling makes it easy to locate your art once it reaches its destination.

 

· Using just any carrier service. It is best to choose a fine art shipping service that knows how to handle your art. What’s more, they can even help you pack your artwork properly before shipping.

 

· Not researching enough about the best way to pack and ship fine art. Without doing proper research especially when not having enough experience with packing fine art, you put yourself at risk of damaging your art. Talk to the professionals, they can help you with packing and shipping fine art the right way.

 

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