Whether it’s an antique glass sculpture or a beautiful table vase, glass artwork can spruce up your interiors, second to none.
However, it is important to take ample care of these glass art pieces to keep them in a tip-top condition. It is a long-term investment, after all.
Here are 5 ways to manage your precious glass artworks at home:
1. Put it in a secure place
It is common sense but there are people who just place their precious glass artworks at any random location such as in a kid’s room or near the stairs.
Avoid putting them out of the reach of your kids and pets. A smallest mistake can damage your favorite art piece and can also injure the little ones.
2. Avoid sun exposure
Whether expensive or not, to protect your glass art by keeping it far away from the direct sunlight and apply fusible glass paints.
Continuous exposure to harmful UV rays can
- damage artwork
- fade glass paints
- result in pigment losing their hue
- make the art piece brittle and eventually, it can break into pieces
Keep your glass artworks next to a window instead of directly in front.
3. Regular Cleaning
Once a week, clean your glass art piece with a microfiber cloth to prevent grime buildup.
While cleaning, follow a few tips:
- Avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals
- Avoid scraping the surface
- Don’t wash glass art in a dishwasher
- Avoid spraying any cleaner directly onto the glass
- Wear gloves before cleaning
Above all, be extra vigilant and use the products that won’t damage the finish.
4. Handle it carefully
Whether you are moving the glass art to a new house or shifting to the adjacent room, it requires additional and gentle care.
If you’re moving, wrap these fragile items using newspaper or bubble wrap and then carefully put that in a cardboard box to provide strong support.
Rough handling can damage both the glass art piece and you.
Pro tip: While carrying the boxes, support the bottom with your hand to avoid accidental fall.
5. Take note of the temperature
Subjecting your glass artworks to extreme temperature can have adverse effects on it.
Follow a few tips:
- Avoid continuous exposure to excessive moisture, heat, or cold weather
- Avoid hanging glass paintings above or near heat sources
- Don’t place art pieces in bathrooms as moisture can cause irreparable damage
- Make sure the art glass pieces are not exposed to smoke
- Avoid keeping artworks in attics or basements
In the end…
Managing your expensive glass artworks is not a chore.
However, it’s worth taking a little extra effort to keep your valuable possessions in the best possible condition.
Are there any more tips to manage glass artwork at home? Do comment below.