- Acrylic paintings should last longer than any other artist's medium according to latest research. 100 + years without fading if kept in the right conditions.
- They hold their colour longer than traditional oil paintings.
- An ideal way to keep your large 'Robinson' canvas free from dust is to hold the vacum at about 4 inches away from the canvas whilst gently brusing the canvas with a soft sable brush. This will remove the dust particles. Do not 'dab' the or 'scrub' the painting as this can push the dust particles into the acrylic paint. Hang the canvas in a place where the temperature is 65 - 75 degrees and the right humidity. Ultra low temperatures and damp environments can crack acrylic paint making it release from the canvas.
- As mentioned, do not use water or household cleaners on your art collection. If you get a spillage on a painting . Glass of wine, beer etc, take the painting to a professional conservator as soon as possible.
- When moving large canvases, use at least two people. Keep fingers off the painted surface.
In addition... 'BUGS'
- Some insects like to eat art materials. These include Carpet beetles and Powder post beetles.
- Carpet Beetles hide between the canvas and the stretcher and can be hard to spot.
- Powder Beetles leave 2mm holes in your wood and are easy to spot.
- In both cases, bag it up and take it to the conservator or to the local gallery for advice.