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Proper Care of Your Collectibles

Most collectors know that they need to take precautions to minimize damage while maximizing longevity of their collection. If you've acquired a family heirloom or purchased an item that you intend to keep and then later sell or even pass on to future generations, you will want to ensure that it stays in the best condition possible. I'm going to list a few general guidelines on proper care through creating an ideal environment. This should be a first priority through both controlled lighting and keeping the space clean.

Temperature and Humidity: Creating that stable environment will help in preserving collections for future generations. Avoid extreme humidity changes aiming for 40% - 60% humidity. Remember mold growth happens above 70% humidity and dehydration below 30% humidity.

Dust: Dust is made up of many things including air pollutants, hair, skin, lint, carbon and sulphur. It is even hygroscopic, meaning it attracts and maintains moisture making it a breeding ground for mold and attracting insects. Dusting is not polishing and a good way to test your dusting cloth is by dusting a windowpane. If the cloth removes the dust and retains it, that is good. If the cloth leaves the glass unchanged, then you need to try another cloth. For very fragile surfaces a long soft bristled brush tends to work best.

These are just a few areas in which you can help to preserve your collection for future generations while enjoying that special piece. Remember to approach the core of your collections with common sense. If you would like to learn more ways to properly care for your collection, have your collection catalogued and/or appraised, please contact Art Inventory Associates.

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