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How to Clean Canvas Prints without Damaging Your Arts?

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Last updated: Aug 28, 2021

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How to Clean Canvas Prints without Damaging Your Arts?

How to clean canvas prints? It’s one of the most common questions asked by many people who have stunning wall arts at home.

Wall art is an excellent way to put the final touches on any room. Purchasing beloved canvas prints to put on blank walls may be quite soothing and enjoyable for many individuals. So, why wouldn't you want to take care of them?

Objects degrade and age and your canvas prints are not an exception. Do you want them to last? And, more significantly, wouldn't you like to get your money's worth out of all of your canvas purchases?

Don't hang and then let them rot. You'll be able to enjoy it for many years... It's time for a quick primer on how to clean your canvas prints professionally.

How to Clean Canvas Prints - Solution for any Types of Dirt

As you can see, there are 4 most prevalent types of dirt appearing on any canvas print. While listing them, Gossby would love to include detailed methods to deal with them. Let’s take a look!

The following suggestions are available for those who have already purchased custom canvases at our store and looked for the detailed instructions. 

1. Clearing the Dust

Use a slightly moist towel to remove dirt from your canvas prints. Cotton or microfiber fabric works best and prevents you from harming your goods. Also, when using the towel, avoid splashing water directly onto the artwork.

Clearing the Dust from canvas prints

Instead, dampen the towel and gently run it over the canvas print. A very soft bristle brush can also be used to dust off the front of the print.

2. Clearing Everyday Grime

Have you noticed a buildup of dust in difficult-to-reach places? Or is it just a buildup of ordinary grime?

In this situation, a little dampness is OK! Wet a cotton or microfiber cloth, then ring it out until it's only moist. Wipe the canvas's surface firmly but not so hard.

3. Cleaning Deep Stains from Canvas

The harsh chemicals and cleansers you use to scrape your bathroom floors will cause more harm than good. Keep your distance from them. If you want a more thorough cleaning, it is best to contact art specialists and find someone who can remove the stains for you.

Cleaning Deep Stains from canvas prints

4. More Noticeable Marks and Splashes

If you've spilled a drink on your print or marked it with a felt-tip pen, you may need to go the additional yard to get the canvas looking like new.

More Noticeable Marks and Splashes

Simply follow the instructions for “clearing everyday grime”, but this time add a little amount of mild household detergent (soap or washing-up liquid) to the water. Then, without using detergent, rinse your towel and wipe again.

What not to Do while Cleaning Canvas Prints?

Take a look at the following “don’ts” and make sure you’ll never think of them when it comes to cleaning your art.

not to do when cleaning canvas prints
  1. Spraying water onto the canvas? Don’t: doing this will instantly make the print overly wet - and prone to smearing when you apply pressure.

  2. Harsh Chemicals? Don’t: as said, abrasive cleaning chemicals can harm the latex inks used to print your photo, as well as the canvas material itself. Use soapy water instead.

  3. Rubbing too vigorously? Don’t: firm pressure is beneficial, but you should focus on the canvas surface. Rubbing vigorously can drive moisture deep into the ink-saturated material fibers, increasing the likelihood that the print will disintegrate.

How to Clean Canvas Prints - FAQs

It’s FAQs time. Below, Gossby will mention some common questions and their answers that many others (you also) want to know.  Let’s check it out!

Question 1: Are Canvas Prints Okay in Bathrooms?

The answer is yes. However, the bathroom is not an ideal place for any type of canvas print. You should maintain your canvas print away from dampness and humid areas. Avoid hanging or placing your canvas print in places with poor circulation if you want to extend its life.

But, if your bathroom has better-than-average circulation or is somewhat larger than the usual bathroom, hanging a canvas artwork may not be a problem. You will, however, need to keep an eye on it and clean it regularly. Locations with reduced humidity and fewer temperature fluctuations are preferable for canvas printing.

Question 2: Is it Possible to Iron Canvas?

Also yes but only you MUST do that. If you see a dent or fold in your canvas print, this is usually the only time you would use an iron on it. Lay the stretched canvas print face down on a cotton cloth to begin.

cleaning canvas prints with an iron

Apply the steaming iron from the rear for 30 - 60 seconds where the canvas has a wrinkle or dent in its fabric. Allow the canvas to dry by standing it up or hanging it up. You may need to repeat this technique on occasion, but in most cases, one application will re-shrink the canvas and remove the crease or dent.

Question 3: How to Remove Nicotine from Canvas?

  • Step 1: Using a clean, soft cloth, wipe the surface of the canvas print to remove any surface debris or dust.

  • Step 2: Mix one part dish soap with four parts warm distilled water.

  • Step 3: Soak a cotton swab in the solution. Squeeze it to get rid of any extra water. It should be moist but not pouring.

  • Step 4: Position the canvas print vertically. This will keep any extra moisture from seeping into the cloth.

  • Step 5: Gently rub the cotton swab across the stained canvas print to remove it.

  • Step 6: Begin at the top and work your way down with moderate strokes. Replace the cotton swab regularly to ensure that you are always cleaning the canvas print with a clean surface.

  • Step 7: Rinse the canvas with a clean cotton swab that has just been soaked in warm distilled water. Begin from the top and then, all the way down.

  • Step 8: Allow the painting to completely dry before storing or hanging it.

Question 4: What is the Best Canvas Storage Idea?

  • Step 1: Fold the canvas print in half and wrap it with brown paper.

  • Step 2: Wrap it once more with bubble wrap.

  • Step 3: Attach the frame corners to all four corners.

  • Step 4: Put the wrapped artwork in a sturdy box (like the one used for a mirror).


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Wrapped Up!

Cleaning canvas prints is indeed a tough task that you should leave to the professionals. However, if you want to do it yourself, just follow the guide. Remember to spot test first, and be extremely careful while working to avoid ruining your canvas prints.

If the canvas has been compromised by damage, rips, tears, or holes, leave them alone. If you decide to clean them, do so at your own risk.

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