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Moldy Artwork: Removing Artwork Fungus

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Removing Artwork Fungus

Whether you have a priceless Pollock, or your own Bob Ross inspired masterpiece, mold damage to a painting can be disheartening. It is easy to see the work as beyond repair, but thankfully mold cleaning is a fairly common practice, although cleaning artwork is a somewhat specialized niche. There are steps you can take if the damage is not too severe, but it is always wise to check with a professional.

1. Know the Medium

Different paints react differently to chemicals and liquids. For instance, oil paintings, while durable, can react well to water but terribly to chemicals. Watercolors and acrylics are likely the most vulnerable paintings to dampness of any kind, which is why choosing experienced cleaners and restorers may be best.

2. Work on the Frame First

If you choose to attempt the remediation yourself, then start the mold cleaning at the frame. Removing the frame before cleaning is recommended so that you minimize the risk of further damage to the painting. You can use an alcohol-based solution to clean and sterilize the frame.

3. Be Patient and Conservative with Cleaning

When you move to the painting, it would be wise to use a cotton swab dipped lightly in the cleaning solution. This ensures that you have control over the application, and it also minimizes the amount of damage done to the painting if any.

4. Hire Outside Help

A mold remediation specialist in the Santa Fe Springs, CA, area is usually a better choice if you are a novice. It is easy to damage a painting. While not every specialist will be experienced in salvaging and restoring artwork, they will likely know of an expert in that specific niche.

Mold cleaning of any material is usually best left to professionals, especially when dealing with artwork. The variety of paints and cleaning chemicals makes it difficult to figure out the best cleaning solution. The key piece of advice is to work conservatively and be patient.

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