At A.B. Richards, we help our clients store many items that are important and hold special meaning to them. It could be their personal possessions and papers, a cherished gift or collectibles. We know that among the most valuable items we see stored, from a financial and sentimental viewpoint, are pieces of art. Whether you’re a collector who wants to take care of your works of art, an artist yourself, or just want to store something you find beautiful and want to keep for your home or business, A.B. Richards can help.
A.B. Richards Can Take Care of All Your Storage Needs
A.B. Richards rents portable storage containers that are sturdy and secure. If you have collectibles or valuables, our storage units will keep them safe and close by. We’ll deliver the storage containers to wherever you need them and you won’t have to transport them across town. We know storing artwork is important for many of our clients so we want to give you some tips on storing art.
Preparing Art for Storage
When you’re getting ready to store artwork, the San Francisco Chronicle suggests that you give it a good cleaning before you put it in your portable storage container. You should use a microfiber cloth and get rid of all dust, particularly near paint or any fabric. You should also clean the frames and if you have a metal frame or any metal elements, you may want to rub some oil on it to avoid rust. It’s also not a bad idea to polish the frames.
Frames should be protected as well. Before storing your paintings, you should consider putting cardboard corners around the edges of the frame and tape them into place. The framed painting should be protected in other ways too. Surround the artwork with bubble wrap or wrap it in a cloth or a blanket. Put the wrapped painting in a plastic bag in order to protect it from moisture.
If the artwork you’re storing isn’t framed, you shouldn’t roll it up. Instead carefully wrap it in glassine. Then store the artwork in dry conditions and avoid humidity. Unframed artwork should be placed between cardboard or foam board that’s big enough to cover the entire piece of art. Both framed and unframed artwork would be stood upright don’t lay it on the floor.
If you’re storing an expensive oil painting, the website wikihow suggests that you don’t use feather dusters or rough cloths and avoid areas that are chipping and cracking. In fact, they strongly recommend that you hire a professional to clean the oil painting. A professional can also give you additional advice about preserving the painting. You should look for a licensed conservator with more than five years of experience.
A.B. Richards Will Keep Your Artwork Safe and Secure
When you store your artwork or any other goods, A.B. Richards will keep them safe. All of our storage containers are made of 14-gauge steel and have heavy duty swing-out steel doors. They are sturdy and weatherproof and renting them is convenient. We’ll deliver and pick up your container. To get started, contact us today.