How To Keep Your Canvas Prints Clean

How To Keep Your Canvas Prints Clean

Posted by John Anthony Talaguit

You've just spent hours working on a canvas print or money purchasing one, and it gets dirty after a few fortnights. Now you have to do the unthinkable: pull it down!

That's right—you have to take that masterpiece down from the wall and take it into the laundry room, where you're going to wipe off all the dust, dirt, and grime that has accumulated during its time up there.

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Don't worry, though—we've got this covered for you! Here are our tips for keeping your canvas prints clean, so they look brand new every time you hang them back up again:

1- Use a soft brush to remove dust

You don't have to be a paintbrush artist to clean your canvas prints, but it does help if you know how! Before you start, make sure that the surface of your canvas print is free of dust and dirt. Then, use a soft brush to remove any loose particles from the texture of your art. You can also use a damp cloth or sponge with water on it if you'd like, but it's unnecessary.

2- Used compressed air

The best way to clean your canvas prints is with a bit of compressed air. First, find the proper nozzle for your can of compressed air. The small one works best because it allows you to get into tight spaces.

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Hold the print and press down on the nozzle until you hear a click. It will give you access to all the nooks and crannies you need to ensure are dust-free.

Once you've made sure there's no dust or dirt left on the surface, remove any debris with a microfiber cloth before hanging up your print!

3- Wash with soap and water

To keep your canvas prints clean, remove them from the frame and clean them with soap and water.

  • Step 1: Remove the artwork from the frame. This step can be done by gently pulling on the corners of the canvas until it comes loose from its backing. You may have to use a pair of scissors or a utility knife to do this.
  • Step 2: Combine soap and water in a large bowl. Soap helps get rid of greasy spots in your painting
  • Step 3: Dampen a soft piece of cloth in soapy water. Ensure that it is barely damp. Some paints are water-soluble. Using a very wet fabric might damage them.
  • Step 4: Wash away any dust or dirt on the surface of the canvas. Spread the cloth to distribute the soapy moisture to more paint parts efficiently. Remember to be gentle.
  • Step 5: Rinse any remaining dirt and residue with warm water and let it dry completely before putting it up.

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Do not use a potent chemical that can make the paint fade, such as bleaches. If you are unsure of the steps, have it done by a professional to avoid damaging your artwork.

4- Apply varnish to your paint

Vanish is a paint that helps you keep your canvas prints clean. It's a special kind of paint that ensures your canvas prints stay free of dust and dirt so they can be displayed with pride. You can use vanishing cream to get rid of any stray specks of dust on your canvases before applying the paint.

Vanish comes in a tube and is easy to apply with a brush or sponge. It's essential to wash your brushes thoroughly after using them because they have some paint that will get onto them if you don't clean them properly. The same goes for dusty and dirty sponges: if you don't wash them well enough, they'll make your canvas print worse.

5- Limit sunlight exposure

Like most people, you probably keep your canvas prints in the dark or under artificial lighting. If you want to preserve the beauty of your paintings, keeping them out of direct sunlight is vital. The reason? Sunlight can fade paint, making it look dull and old.

Of course, there are other factors at play here besides sunlight. You'll also need to take care of your canvas prints by not exposing them to high heat or humidity (like in a hot car). These are just some essential tips for keeping your canvases looking their best to last for years to come!

6- Keep them away from other objects

If you're keeping your canvas prints in a frame, make sure that the paint doesn't come into contact with anything else. This could lead to chipping and cracking the piece of art, which would be a shame!

You can do this by keeping the canvas prints somewhere safe, away from the reach of toddlers and teenagers. You can use a matte board or card as a barrier between your canvas print and any other moving object nearby. 


So there you have it! We hope you learned a thing or two about keeping your canvas prints clean. Remember that the more you take care of your canvas prints, the longer they will last.

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