How to clean a painting:
A gentle dusting of your art can be a simple way to refresh your home gallery wall in time for Spring. The methods I describe to clean a painting will work for any original paintings.
A Soft-Haired Brush
My favorite method for cleaning valuable fine art is to wipe off dust with a brush. The type of brush matters. Find a brush with hair so soft you would be comfortable brushing it across a baby’s cheek. No bristle or stiff brushes allowed—they could scratch the surface of your painting. You could buy a large, soft fine art brush. I prefer to go to the cosmetics aisle and find an inexpensive blush brush or kabuki foundation brush, which I only use for cleaning art. Channel your inner artist and brush across the surface of the painting while holding a vacuum nozzle nearby to capture the dust.
Another gentle cleaning method is to blow dust off every nook and cranny with a can of compressed air. At the same time, hold the nozzle of a vacuum hose nearby to capture the dust.
What to Avoid
Scrub the floors, but do not scrub paintings! Avoid any wet or forceful cleaning methods. Cleaning sprays can potentially remove some paint. Scrubbing a surface can “burnish it”, marring the surface and creating uneven sheen. Water can damage a painting, creating “tide line” marks. Also, avoid wiping with a tissue or paper towel which can deposit lint on the painting, especially if the painting is at all textured.
You’ve got this!
Now, if your masterpieces are looking a little dull and dusty, you know exactly what to do.