Collection Care

How to Clean Specialty GLazing

 

By April Hann Lanford

How to Clean Specialty Glazing

By April Hann Lanford

While fine art glazing is designed to preserve and protect, it should also be cleaned and handled with care.

The following are recommendations based on the type of Tru Vue UV filtering glazing that we regularly frame and protect our client’s work with.  If you have questions on what was used on your piece, please contact us, we want to ensure that the glazing continues to look as good as the artwork it protects!

Acrylic

 

Conservation Clear Acrylic

Materials:

Acrylic Cleaner

Clean microfiber cloth/lint free cotton cloth

 

Directions:

With a damp microfiber cloth, apply light pressure and clean surface.

Dry by blotting with a clean, slightly damp cloth.

-Never spray cleaner directly onto the surface, as it could damage the frame finish, as well as seep into the frame package.

-Never use paper towels or other paper based products as they will scratch and abrade the surface.

-Never use any cleaning agents with ammonia.

 

Conservation Reflection Control Acrylic

Materials:

Mild soap and water solution

Clean microfiber cloth/lint free cotton cloth

 

Directions:

Attempt to selectively spot clean using a dry microfiber cloth by wiping in a light, circular motion.

If dry cleaning is not effective, use ap microfiber cloth with a mild soap and water solution.

Dry by blotting with a clean, slightly damp cloth.

-Never spray cleaner directly onto the surface, as it could damage the frame finish, as well as seep into the frame package.

-Never use paper towels or other paper based products as they will scratch and abrade the surface.

-Never use any cleaning agents with ammonia.

-Never use acrylic cleaners or polishing agents

 

Optium Museum Acrylic

Materials:

Ammonia Free Glass Cleaner

Clean microfiber cloth/lint free cotton cloth

 

Directions:

Spray a small amount of ammonia free glass cleaner onto a clean microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion on the glazing.

Wipe the surface dry with a dry section of the cloth to address any resultant wipe marks.

-Never spray cleaner directly onto the surface, as it could damage the frame finish, as well as seep into the frame package.

-Never use paper towels or other paper based products as they will scratch and abrade the surface.

-Never use any cleaning agents with ammonia.

-Never use acrylic cleaners or polishing agents on Optium glazing.

 

Glass

Conservation Clear Glass

Materials:

Ammonia Free Glass Cleaner

Clean microfiber cloth/lint free cotton cloth

 

Directions:

Spray a small amount of ammonia free glass cleaner onto a clean microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion on the glazing.

Wipe the surface dry with a dry section of the cloth to address any resultant wipe marks.

-Never spray cleaner directly onto the surface, as it could damage the frame finish, as well as seep into the frame package.

 

Conservation Reflection Control Glass

Materials:

Ammonia Free Glass Cleaner

Clean microfiber cloth/lint free cotton cloth

 

Directions:

Spray a small amount of ammonia free glass cleaner onto a clean microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion on the glazing.

Wipe the surface dry with a dry section of the cloth to address any resultant wipe marks.

-Never spray cleaner directly onto the surface, as it could damage the frame finish, as well as seep into the frame package.

 

Museum Glass

Materials:

Ammonia Free Glass Cleaner

Clean microfiber cloth/lint free cotton cloth

 

Directions:

Spray a small amount of ammonia free glass cleaner onto a clean microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion on the glazing.

Wipe the surface dry with a dry section of the cloth to address any resultant wipe marks.

-Never spray cleaner directly onto the surface, as it could damage the frame finish, as well as seep into the frame package.

 

Questions? 

Are you unsure about what kind of glazing you have? Are you concerned about the condition of your piece?

Does your piece need further intervention or care?  Contact us at:

312-344-0331

April@artifactservices.com

 

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Examinations, condition reports, and related cost estimates

can be completed at one of our studios, online or onsite

Call or email us today to work with us on your project

At Our Studios

Clients are welcome to make an appointment to drop off items at one of our studio locations for an estimate.

Upon completion of the assessment, we will follow up with a written condition report and treatment proposal for your approval.

Custom framing appointments can also be made at any of locations.

To schedule an appointment please feel welcome to email, call, or submit an inquiry via through our form at the bottom of the page.

Online

We also welcome inquiries through email.

If you have questions about a general treatment or need an approximate cost for a project, you can send images and information about your piece.  When possible please include the following information:

Title, Artist, Medium, and Size

Condition Observations and Concerns

Images of the front and back, with any details.

We will call you to follow up and gather any further pertinent information.

Onsite

Clients are welcome to make an appointment to drop off items at one of our studio locations for an estimate.

Upon completion of the assessment, we will follow up with a written condition report and treatment proposal for your approval.

Custom framing appointments can also be made at any of locations.

To schedule an appointment please feel welcome to email, call, or submit an inquiry via through our form at the bottom of the page.

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(312) 344-0331
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Chicago, IL  60642

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