Perhaps you're making an interstate move. Or maybe you need to head overseas temporarily. You could even be downsizing and need a place to store your items for a few months until you sort everything out. Renting a self-storage unit is a golden opportunity to let you keep your things without having to get rid of them. Precious items need proper storage and packing. Here are some laser-focused steps to pack framed artwork before it goes into the self-storage unit.
Separate Each Painting And Clean Them Carefully
Separate each painting by handling it at each side. Avoid touching the painting directly in the centre because you could end up damaging the piece. Clean the painting lightly over the surface with a microfibre duster so you remove any dust, dirt or grime from it. Place your painting on a flat surface while doing this to avoid damaging it. Dust the painting lightly and don't apply any pressure. Wash your own hands before handling the painting and remove watches, rings or bracelets to keep your paintings intact and damage-free.
Wrap Paintings Individually To Prevent Damage
You cannot stack your paintings together in the self-storage unit because moisture and humidity can pass between them and cause damage. Instead, wrap each painting individually using a soft blanket. A blanket is a breathable material, which allows air to pass through it. This prevents moisture from forming on the surface of the painting, which can happen if you use a material like plastic. When wrapping the painting, take care to do it on flat ground or large table surface so the painting doesn't accidentally fall while you're in action.
Avoiding Placing The Painting On The Floor Or Near A Wall
Now that your painting is ready for the self-storage unit, it's time to consider where it needs to be placed. Avoid placing the art piece directly on the floor or near a wall because moisture runs through these surfaces, which may then be absorbed by your painting, causing damage. The best place to put your painting is in the centre of the room, on top of something else to keep moisture and dampness at bay. If you need to stack paintings together, make sure to keep some space between them to prevent any possible damage.
Artwork cannot just be stacked in a storage facility without proper preparation and consideration. Take the time to prepare each piece so you don't end up with expensive damage later.