Guide to Protecting Your Fine Arts Collection

Obtaining valuable articles insurance coverage is one of the best ways to help protect your art collection. However, there are several preventive and maintenance steps you should take to both properly care for and help prevent damage or loss to your fine arts collection.

Keep your home at a constant temperature.

  • The ideal climate for valuable objects is between 65 - 75 degrees °F (18-21 °C) and 47 - 55 percent relative humidity
  • Since home thermostats can be imprecise, install a compact digital thermo-hygrometer to monitor humidity and temperature; if you are storing a large amount of fine art pieces, consider installing a more sophisticated, centralized climate control system.
  • Store art in a location that is clear from and outside air flow passage, including vents, doors and windows.

Keep art collections out of direct sunlight.

Ultraviolet light will cause severe, and often irreversible damage to art, and especially to paper, textiles and photographs.

  • Shut all lights when the room is not being used and keep curtains or shades drawn.

Install Water Alert Sensors

Areas of your home susceptible to water damage include above the ceiling trays and underneath washers, dryers and radiators.

Install Smoke Detectors, Not Heat Detectors

A heat detector will provide little protection against soot or smoke damage.

Do Not Store Fine Art In Basements or Attics

Due to the close proximity of the building exterior, basements and attics are susceptible to dramatic temperature and relative humidity changes, flooding, insects and rodents.

Hire A Professional Art Hanger

Objects must be hung correctly to ensure support and reduce the chance of falling. A professional art hanger is more likely to use the proper hardware and structural supports than a general contractor.

Frame All Art

Use shatter-resistant fronts to help shield damaging UV rays and other exposures as well as install corrugated polypropylene backings to protect against water absorption.

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