How to clean a frame

How to clean a frame

Your frame has been built to the highest standards using the finest quality materials to protect and present your artwork to its best advantage. To keep your framed work in tip top condition, it is important to clean your frame regularly to remove the inevitable build-up of fingerprints, organic and inorganic material. If left over time, dirt and airborne pollutants can eventually begin to react with the coating of your frame glazing, leading to long-term damage.

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Step 1

Before you begin cleaning, you need to identify what type of glazing is used in your frame design. The back of your frame will display a black or white John Jones label which will specify the glazing type used.

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Step 2

Acrylic glazing such as Perspex is best cleaned using an anti-static acrylic cleaner like Kunstoff and a clean micro-fibre cloth.

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Step 3

Glass can be cleaned using a glass cleaner such as Nilco Nilglass and a clean, soft, lint-free cloth.

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Step 4

Optium is very sensitive to detergents and abrasion, it should be cleaned with great care and using a clean micro-fibre cloth using gentle circular motions. If necessary a 1:1 water and iso-propyl alcohol solution can be used.

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Step 5

Spray your selected cleaning solution directly onto your cloth and never directly onto the glazing or the frame itself. Gently wipe the glazing, taking care to avoid the cleaning solution coming into contact with the frame itself. Continue wiping until all traces of the cleaning solution have evaporated.

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Step 6

The material and finish of your frame determines how to clean the frame itself. Wooden frames should only be cleaned using a dry, clean, soft, lint-free cloth.

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Step 7

Sprayed frames can be cleaned using a clear, colour-free acrylic or glass cleaner.

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Step 8

Gilding is particularly vulnerable and gilded frames should only be handled using cotton gloves without anti-slip grips to avoid fingerprints and scratching. Gilded frames can be cleaned using a feather duster or a dry, clean, soft lint-free cloth without the application of any pressure.

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Step 9

Colour wash finishes should be treated the same way as gilded frames.

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Step 10

Acrylic and Optium box frames should be cleaned in the same manner as acrylic or optium glazing, as described above.

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Step 11

Welded frames (brass, aluminium) can be handled using cotton or polymer gloves and should be cleaned with a dry, clean, soft, lint-free cloth.

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Step 12

Monitor your artwork regularly for changes in appearance. We recommend that you bring in your frame for inspection and if necessary refurbishment once every 5-8 years.