Are you living in Canterbury and an avid collector of paintings by both famous and obscure artists? Perhaps you inherited something valuable from a loved one but don’t quite feel it belongs in your home or apartment. Cheap storage units Canterbury can be the solution to keeping your artworks in good condition while they’re stored away.
Preparing your artworks for storage
If you’re moving or just want to change your home’s decor without selling your artworks, it’s important to know how to store them.
With an artist’s paintbrush, gently brush away any dust that’s stuck on the surface. You may want to use soft, natural hair brushes that are completely clean. Otherwise, a clean piece of velvet cloth will do.
Warning: Don’t use household cleaners. If your paintings have a matte finish, you can also skip the cleaning. If you have concerns about cleaning or storing your artwork, consult with an art conservator.
How to store framed or unframed paintings
Valuable framed paintings need to maintain their structural integrity. To do this, place cardboard corners on the edges of the frame. For unframed artworks, avoid rolling them up so the paint doesn’t end up cracking. Instead, gently wrap the piece in airtight, water-resistant packaging such as glassine.
Packing the artworks
Blankets and bubble wrap are good options for padding your paintings. It’s better to use one plastic bag per piece and to tie each bag tightly. Unframed paintings should have thicker padding in between them, such as foam boards or plywood.
Storing the artworks in cheap storage units Canterbury
Even affordable and portable storage units Sydney can give you the best experience. Here at Macy’s, we can deliver cheap storage units Canterbury to your address so you won’t have to move your valuable paintings by car.
Avoid laying the paintings on top of each other, if possible. If you’re storing numerous paintings, consider buying a painting rack.
Also, don’t place your paintings directly on the floor. Keep a few inches in between because concrete, whether it’s floors or walls, can absorb moisture and may develop mould or mildew.
Consider the climate
Your paintings may get damaged if they’re stored for a long time in overly dry or damp storage units. While affordable storage units are a great short term storage solution, you may want to go for climate-controlled units if you’re storing for longer periods.
Even if you’re not storing your artworks in a facility with climate control, you can still maintain the quality of your paintings by placing them away from windows or heating vents.
More tips on storing paintings:
- To conserve your oil paintings, minimise touching them as much as possible.
- Protect the painting with other objects such as pillows.
- Consider getting insurance for your paintings as protection against theft or damage.
- Keep them away from direct sunlight.
- Check on the state of your paintings regularly.
Final thoughts on storing artworks in self-storage units
If you plan on storing your art for an extended period with mobile storage boxes, make sure the facility is clean and secure. There should be surveillance cameras and a reliable access control system that prevents unauthorised people from entering.
It isn’t difficult to find cheap storage units Canterbury. To have one delivered to your address, just call 1300 409 069 and deliver straight to your doorstep.