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Care of Your Fine Art Giclees

MataneHome takes great pride in producing fine art for our collectors. These care instructions are designed to provide basic guidelines that will help you to care for your fine art giclees. Your purchase is an investment that we want your family to enjoy for generations. Please read the following guidelines carefully.

General Care

As with any valued fine piece, it is recommended that fine art prints be displayed in indirect lighting conditions and away from any contact with moisture. High humidity, airborne dust, solvents, adhesives, smoke (including tobacco), and other similar contaminants can permanently damage your print.

We recommend hanging your artwork in a low traffic area to reduce the risk of physical damage by passers-by. Hang your artwork at an elevation out of the reach of young children.

Handling

To avoid damaging the printed image, never place giclees face down on any object or surface.  While in storage, do not place objects on top of the artwork. Keep handling to a minimum when during the hanging process and hold your print only from the sides.  Fine art papers can scratch easily, so be very careful to avoid scraping anything across the surface of the print.

Cleaning

Never wash a giclee with water, damp cloths or solvents. For cleaning we recommend using a clean, white, dry, soft lint-free cloth to gently wipe off dust and/or dirt. Using a white non-colored cloth will allow you to see when dust has been collected.

To avoid staining the giclee, do not clean with a dirty or dark colored cloth.

Lighting

It is recommended that you never display giclee prints in direct sunlight. Less light means less fading from harmful ultraviolet rays.

Storage

Store your art giclees in an environment controlled for both humidity and temperature. Ideal environmental conditions are 70 degrees and 55% humidity. High humidity can cause yellowing.

Keep all giclee prints away from solvent-based materials such as oil paints and linseed oil, as the vapors can cause yellowing. Stretched pieces should be stored upright, not stacked and all prints should be interleaved with archival paper dividers and never stored with any weight on top of them. Avoid tape coming in contact with the coated print as it can peel. Do not store embellished prints in plastic bags.

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Thank you for taking care of your purchased fine art giclees. This extra care given will allow you to enjoy your purchase for many years to come.