Costa Mesa is one of California’s most vibrant cities, and with an official motto of “City of the Arts“, no wonder that artists are drawn here. If you’re an artist and aren’t taking advantage of self storage, we’ve got some tips to share with you! Keep your art in pristine condition for years, and out of the way so you can create more works of art. Total Storage Solutions offers some guidelines for storing your art in a nearby self storage unit.
Choosing a Unit
Temperature and humidity are crucial when storing artwork. Many paintings are made of sensitive materials that can warp or crack in fluctuating temperatures. Climate controlled storage units will ensure that your art is protected from humidity and extreme temperature changes. Total Storage Solutions has units that keep temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cleaning Your Art
Before storing your pieces, it’s essential to carefully clean them. Any dust or dirt on the surfaces can leave permanent damage. Use a microfiber cloth to remove the dust from the surfaces, paying special attention to fabric or painted surfaces. Clean the frames as well as hardware accents. Metal object should be wiped down with some oil to prevent rust. Spray quality polish on wooden components – including frames – for added protection.
Preparing and Packaging
The way you prepare and package your art will vary depending on whether it is framed or unframed. However, no matter what kind of art you’re storing, remember to try and keep from touching the surface with bare hands. Oils from your skin can damage the paint.
- Protect the edges of the frame with cardboard.
- Place acid paper on both sides of the canvas.
- Support the artwork with backing boards.
- Artwork can be wrapped if you want, but try to avoid letting the material touch any paint.
- Choose a thick and breathable material to wrap the art.
- Consider boxing pieces that you deem the most valuable. It’s more expensive, but also highly effective in keeping art safe.
- Don’t roll up unframed canvas. This can cause creases or cracking in the medium.
- Wrap the art in a glossy transparent paper known as glassine.
- Use two pieces of sturdy material to secure the artwork, such as cardboard or foam board. These pieces should be larger than the artwork and be secured together with tape.
- Place the artwork in a protective cover or box.
How to Store
Once all your work is successfully prepared and packaged, you can transfer it to your climate controlled storage unit. If you’re using your unit for more than just artwork, then pay special attention to how you arrange everything. Storing art among your other items is fine, but make sure there isn’t anything nearby that could potentially fall on or damage your works. Store artwork upright and don’t lean any other stored items against your art. Also, place your art on a pallet to allow for airflow and prevent any moisture damage from contact with the floor.
Don’t let your artwork become damaged in your home or household storage areas! Find a secure storage facility near you, and keep your works in pristine condition. With all of that new found room, you’ll have plenty of space to keep creating!