Artwork can have both monetary and sentimental value. For this reason, if you own artworks which you need to put into storage for a while, you may be wondering about how you can ensure that they come out of the unit in the same good condition they were in when they entered. Below are some tips to help you keep your artwork in top condition while it is being kept in a self-storage unit.
Use a Climate Controlled Storage Unit
When researching which self-storage company to use, you should pay special attention to if the units are climate controlled. Extremely high or low temperatures can cause irreversible damage to your paintings and artwork. RSM Art Conservation recommends that your paintings are stored at a stable temperature, between 18 - 20ºC. A climate control system will also help to keep the humidity at safe levels. High humidity can cause moisture to collect on the surface of artwork causing damage.
Mount Any Unframed Artwork
If your artwork is framed, the solid frame should provide some added protection. If the artwork isn't framed, you should mount it on card and cover it will acid-free paper. This will help to keep it flat and will protect it from dust and other debris. While you can use bubble wrap to provide a final layer of protection, you should be careful not to allow it to come into direct contact with artwork. Bubble wrap can sometimes stick to artwork and cause damage.
Store Artwork Vertically Not Horizontally
You should never store your artwork horizontally on the floor as this can expose them to moisture, which can pool on the surface of the artwork can cause extensive damage. Artwork which is stored horizontally is also placed at an increased risk of accidental damage from falling objects. You should use an art rack to store your artwork. An art rack is specially designed to hold pieces of art in a vertical position, reducing the chance that they will be damaged.
Make Sure You Have Adequate Insurance
The majority of self-storage companies do not offer insurance. You should ensure that you have insurance in place which will adequately cover you in the event of the damage or loss of your artwork.
If you have any questions or concerns about storing artwork, you should contact a professional self-storage company, who will be able to advise you on the best way to store your items.