Tips for Moving and Storing Fine Art, Antiques, and Collectibles

By wellsfar on 2018-07-01

Owning fine art, antiques, and collectibles come with responsibility for the preservation of the piece. At some point, you will need to transport or store your precious collections. There are precautions and preparations you can do to protect and insure the safety of your pieces. Here are 10 tips for moving and storing your treasured pieces.

Prepare for Storage

Use a microfiber cloth or a dry soft paintbrush to remove dust off of your piece. Use wood polish to reduce scoffing. Use metal polish to reduce rust. This will put your artwork in its best condition right before storing and moving it.

Prevent Mold

Wrapping your pieces in plastic traps moisture against your artwork and may cause mold. For a short transport, this would be ok. For longer-term storage, your pieces need to breathe. Experts at Cheap Denver Movers ( recommend wrapping artwork in a soft cloth to protect the surface. Never use bubble wrap against the surface of a painting as it can leave behind marks on the paint.

Prevent Fading

Using an interior space will protect your artwork from excessive sunlight damage. Choose an interior room and an interior wall to protect your artwork from fading damage.

Documentation of Pieces

Take detailed pictures of your artwork, antiques, and collections. Write a condition report on each piece. Be sure to take notation of any existing damage. It could be helpful to use an inventory app like ArtMoi if you have an extensive collection.

Separation of Pieces

Use a crescent board to separate your pieces of art when stacked or in transit. They need to be protected but also able to breathe. Attach cardboard corners to your frames to prevent damage.

Acid-Free Materials

Your pieces will age faster if they come into contact with acidic materials. It may also dye the print or the backing of your piece. This will negatively affect the value of your piece. Always use acid-free materials for backing and matting.

Climate Control

The humidity in your storage should be 40-40%. The temperature should remain at 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Failure to maintain climate control can cause cracking paint, warping, yellowing paper and mold growth. Any rapid change of humidity and temperature is the worst enemy for proper storage of your treasures.

Hang for Storage

You can install S hooks and mount the art all over the walls of the storage unit.

If your pieces cannot be hung, stack them like books vertically, not piled. The weight of piled art can cause damage on the bottom of the pile.


Ensuring your storage unit is bug-free is pertinent. Remember even if it is, if the unit next to you brings in bugs, moths and such with their content, they may transfer to your unit.

Routine Checkups

Making a routine checkup on your stored artwork will give peace of mind, especially for longer-term storage. If you see an issue, you can prevent further damage before it is too late.

It is possible to store your collections with protections. You need to be aware of the possible dangers and damage that can occur. Then, you will be able to take steps to prevent any adverse damage. This will preserve your artwork for future generations to enjoy.

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How to Pack Framed Art With Glass for Shipping

By wellsfar on 2018-06-28

Shipping any item to someone can be risky. The more valuable the item, the riskier the shipment. While shipping insurance is available and recommended for transporting valuable items, it is costly. Framed art is a common item that is either destroyed or at least depreciated through the shipping process. This article lists steps for packing framed art with glass for shipping. Follow these steps:

1. Tape all glass

Before even looking for a box that fits the artwork, obtain painter’s tape and cover the glass areas of the artwork with a double layer of painter’s tape. A double layer will ensure that if the glass frame cracks or shatters, then it will remain together. If the glass frame shatters without tape, the shards can actually tear through the artwork. As well, painter’s tape is easily removed and will not leave undesired residues and markings on the frame.

2. Comfort the artwork

After taping the glass frame with a double layer of painter’s tape, wrap the entire piece of artwork with soft material such as bubble wrap. This will decrease the chances of the glass shattering and the artwork being ruined.

3. Pick a box with appropriate dimensions.

Now, find or purchase a box that is only slightly larger than the art on all sides. This way, there will be room for the outer box to absorb a force without the artwork taking the hit. As well, there is room for a soft filling material to be placed to absorb the load.

4. Fill in excess space with soft material

Once you place your glass framed artwork in the box, there will be small areas around the entire artwork on all sides for more bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Note well, that you will have to place the soft material into the box before the artwork. This will give the artwork a comfy seat to lay on during shipping. As well, fill in the rest of the crevices with more bubble wrap. You will need to purchase plenty of bubble wrap because you do not want to skimp on the support for the artwork. The Home Depot carries large amounts of bubble wrap. Tape up the box with shipping tape on all creases of the box.

5. Communicate with the shipping company

You are almost finished. The very last step is to inform the shipping company that your piece is very fragile and should be handled with caution. For one, cheap movers in Dallas TX  say you should purchase fragile stickers or make your own. These stickers can be purchased at Walmart and should stick out like a sore thumb. Secondly, you should speak with someone, either in person or via a phone call to alert the shipping company that this item is fragile and to inform them of what your package looks like.

Following these steps to packing and shipping your piece of glass framed artwork will ensure safe delivery and a happier customer or receiver. As a receiver, there is nothing better than finding out that the shipper took the extra time to package the product appropriately

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Upcoming Acts at the Luther Burbank Center for Performing Arts

By wellsfar on 2017-02-15

The Luther Burbank Center for Performing Arts might be the ultimate destination for great theater in the Santa Rosa. Whether you’re looking for musicals, theater productions, concerts, or conventions, you’re bound to find something you’ll love during this spring’s lineup. To see what’s coming up during these next few months, we’ve collaborated with Cheap Movers […]

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Who Was Luther Burbank? About the Legend’s Life

By wellsfar on 2017-01-05

Even as a child, most people could see that Luther Burbank was destined to become all that he is known for today: a renowned botanist and horticulturist, and an agricultural pioneer. Though his reputation as a scientist was less outstanding in his time, he became a legend in the field of botany and was deeply […]

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