4 Steps to Help Prevent Photo and Picture Frame Damage

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If you want to continue to enjoy your photo and picture frame for years, it's important to know how to protect it from permanent damage. Although there are many ways you can ruin your photo and picture frame, there are four simple things you can do to keep your picture frame looking good for years.

Many people don't realize how easy it is to protect your pictures until it's sadly too late. With these few important tips you can keep your frame and picture looking good for years.

Keep Your Picture Frame from Direct Sunlight

We all know the damage the sun can do to our skin, and unforfunately our favorite photos are no different.The sun's UV rays can badly damage your photos so decrease the risk of fading and damage by preventing your frames from getting direct sunlight.

If it's impossible for you to keep your picture frame away from direct sunlight, there are a few things you can do. The first thing would be to make a copy of your special photo so if the picture is damaged by sunlight you still have a good photo.The second thing you should do is use UV glass or UV acrylic which will dramatically reduce the UV exposure on your photo.

Although your photo will be protected, your picture frame will still likely fade in the direct sunlight. Some of the picture frames that are most sensitive to fading are those made out of natural materials like paper, fabric and wood. You should also be careful with stained or colored frames like red or blue picture frames.

Avoid Moisture

We are all aware of the damage that can be caused by flooding but have you ever thought of the damage that's caused by steam? Pictures and picture frames are damaged by this type of moisture. Be sure to avoid hanging your picture frames next to the kitchen sink or in a bathroom where it can get hot and steamy. If you choose to display pictures in these locations, be sure you have extra copies of your photos made and choose a frame that won't get damaged by moisture. The best frames for moist areas are metal picture frames that are made out of aluminum and won't rust.

Be cautious of picture frames with a sealed back.  A sealed back frame is either taped closed or has a paper glued to the back of the frame to protect it and give it a professional finish. A sealed back on a frame does not protect your photo but instead can damage it by trapping moisture inside.Moisture is naturally found in the air in the form of humidity.When the temperature outside the picture frame is different from that on the inside of the frame, moisture builds.If your picture frame has a sealed back, it traps the moisture inside and leaves your picture to absorb it.

If you live in a climate with high humidity, you should consider getting some spacers or mats so your pictures will never get stuck to the glass.When a photo has consistent contact with the glass in high humidity, the photo can stick to the glass and become damaged. Spacers or mats keep the glass from resting on the picture and gives the picture some room to breathe.

Use Caution with Spray Cleaners

This may sound like an obvious suggestion, but there are many people who do not realize the damage that can be done to their photos by spraying glass cleaner on their picture frame glass. Anytime you're cleaning your picture frame, remove the picture from the frame if you plan to use a spray cleaner. The sprayed liquid can seep under the glass and permanently stain your picture.If you don't want to remove the photo then use a cloth to clean instead of using spray cleaner directly on the glass.

More Frame Care Tips

Another tip to avoid damaging your picture frames is to never stack your frames without properly protecting them. If you are moving or need to store your frames, be sure to protect them with bubble wrap or thick towels.  Metal and wood picture frames are difficult to repair, so take extra precautions to properly protect them when storing.

By remembering these tips you can protect your picture frames and special photos so you'll never have the disappointment of ruining something you love. Keep these tips in mind and you will have picture frames that retain their beauty and look good for many years.

Autumn Lockwood is a writer for YourPictureFrames.com and loves taking pictures. Your Picture Frames offers a large selection of photo frames in a variety of finishes, colors, styles and colors. Come check out our unique collection of old looking picture frames and frames with metal hinges or call us toll free at 1-800-780-0699.

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