How to Care for Your Favorite Photos and Frames

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If you have lots of photos displayed in your house, chances are good that you don't know how to properly care for your picture frames. Find out what you need to do to protect your pictures forever and how to keep your picture frames looking good for years.

The Importance of Creating Duplicates of Your Special Photos

One of the best things you can do to care for your pictures, is to make sure you have a way to create a high quality duplicate.With digital cameras, it's easy to take and print photos whenever you want.But what about the old photos you have on your walls or tabletops?Do you know where the negatives, slides or CDs storing them are in case you need to replicate them?

Those special one-of-a-kind photographs require high quality replication to help make sure that you never lose your photo memories.There are several ways to make copies of your special pictures, but it's best to seek the help of a professional who will ensure your photos are properly replicated without damaging your photos.

Clean Your Picture Frames Often

Like any other object in your home or office, picture frames do collect dust and need to be dusted periodically.The best way to do that is to lay your picture frame face down on a thick towel. This will help to protect the frame and the glass from getting scratched.Next, take off the backing and carefully remove the picture.

Once you have opened the back of the frame and taken out the photo, you can lift out the glass from the frame. You can now clean the glass with any glass cleaner.Remember if it's acrylic you should only use soap and water as glass cleaner will ruin the acrylic.

You should also use cloth towels with acrylic because paper towels can leave behind fine scratches on the acrylic.Also, the acid in paper towels can stay on the glass and slowly degrade the photo inside the frame, so if you are using conservation techniques to protect your photos, only use a cloth towel to clean your glass.

The care of your picture frame depends largely upon the material and finish of your frame. To clean a wood picture frame with a smooth lacquer finish use a dust cleaner or a water dampened cloth. To prevent damage to your frame be sure before using any type of cleaner that your wood frame has a lacquered finish similar to a piece of furniture.And don't forget to remove your photo from the frame before cleaning with a spray cleaner.

For unfinished picture frames that have raw or unprotected wood surface, be especially careful as they can be damaged if not properly cleaned.Unlike finished or lacquered wood frames with a protective finish, unfinished wood picture frames should only be dusted with a soft dry toothbrush or possibly a small vacuum. 

This method cleans off dust without leaving the frame wet or with pieces of towel or paper towel stuck to the rough unfinished wood finish.Avoid using dust cleaners or wood cleaners on unfinished wood picture frames as they can stain or discolor the bare wood frame.

How to Care for Your Metal Picture Frames

Metal picture frames can be cleaned in several ways.Use a slightly dampened towel moistened with water to clean aluminum or gold or silver colored frames.Wipe the frame carefully and then dry with a soft dry cloth to avoid leaving water spots.

If you have a precious metal frame, like a solid pewter photo frame, silver plated frame or sterling silver frame, you need to determine if it has a lacquered finish.In most cases, if you've had the frame for a while and it hasn't tarnished you can be pretty sure it's a lacquered frame. A frame with a lacquered finish should only be cleaned with a water dampened cloth and dried right away with a clean dry towel.

If you have an old silver frame that's tarnished, then you can be pretty sure that it doesn't have any lacquer coating and should be cleaned with a quality silver cleaner.Be sure to carefully read the cleaner instructions before applying. And, remember to always take out your picture before cleaning your frame so you don't ruin your picture.

Anytime you use any cleaner, always test a small section of the bottom or back of the frame to make sure the cleaner works well with your metal frame.Once you're done with cleaning your metal frame, wash you hands so you don't transfer any cleaning residue onto your photo.

Before putting back your picture, make sure the frame and glass are completely dry.If there is moisture remaining on the glass, you can run the risk of having your photo damaged if the photo sticks to the glass.

As you can see, it's very easy to properly care for your frames and photos by following these simple steps. By regularly taking care of your pictures and frames, your framed photos will always look their best.

Autumn Lockwood is a writer for and is passionate about taking pictures. Your Picture Frames offers a large selection of quality picture frames in a wide variety of sizes, color, finishes and styles. To get great service and find exactly what you want like a wooden or metal picture frame visit our website or call 1-800-780-0699.

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