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Dirt, Grime and Smoke Lead to Discoloration, Why its Important to Clean Artwork!

Friday, May 20th, 2011


Smoke, dust and grime can all make a significant impression on a painting’s brilliance. This wonderful oil painting shows major discoloration due to the said reasons above. Although you may not smoke there is a lot of dust and grime that builds up on paintings over a period of time so having your artwork cleaned is the best way to bring back it’s original look. Many of our clients may bring in a painting for other reasons than for a cleaning, but once they see the difference in color and depth after a cleaning test, they realize the importance of this service.


How Much Does It Cost To Restore A Painting?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011


At first glance, this painting seemed like it should have had a lot of color but there was this overall smoggy, dark look. In fact, you can see by the cleaning test on the upper left side that the original colors are extremely different/brighter. This oil on canvas painting’s surface is very grimy; imagine the walls of your home if you didn’t paint them for 80 years!  Add to that a moderately yellowed varnish leaving the original colors dim and darker than the artist had originally intended and the painting looking nothing like it is supposed to.


Will Cleaning my Painting make a Significant Change? How Cleaning brings out colors and depth.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011


The varnish is discolored from grime and smoke and also aging. When varnish yellows the original colors become muted and sometimes you may loose depth, whites turn yellow or brown, crisp blues turn a muddy green and purples turn brown. You can see that you loose contrast and depth of field.


7 Quick, Inexpensive Steps – An Archival Method For Storing Photos, Letters and Certificates

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Piles of photos and letters that need protection?

Piles of photos and letters that need protection?

Women’s World Magazine recently interviewed me for information on what can a busy woman do at home, on her own, really quickly, if she spills her morning ‘Joe’ or a glass of liquid on some photos. I mentioned about the process of writing the article a couple of times on my Facebook Page at “Save Your Stuff.”


Mold damage and storage of family history.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010