When handling any artwork it is important to wear clean cotton or powder free nitrile gloves at all times, to avoid transferring any natural oils from your skin onto the artwork, which can have a damaging effect on the substrates.
Prints on paper are fragile and are easily damaged by incorrect or inexperienced handling. Here are some helpful guidelines in handling prints from Klein Editions:
work on a clean, flat surface. We recommend using a glass table top as the glass surface will not hold any harmful oils. Wooden surfaces can contain high levels of natural oils which can leech into fine art papers and cause irreparable damage.
- always use two hands to handle prints, and go with the paper using relaxed hands rather than forcing into position. Pulling the print into position along a flat surface is preferable to picking it up and moving it. The more a paper is handled in mid-air, the more chance a kink can be caused in a paper which can be permanent.
- fine art pigment inks are fragile and can be easily marked or scratched, by fingerprints or loose items of clothing.
- Keep prints stored flat, in acid-free folders which are larger then the print to be stored. Store in a cool, dry environment, and keep interleaved with acid-free tissue paper.
- Never put a drink, of any kind, in any container on the same surface as where you are working. Accidents happen far too easily, a splash of coffee happens in an instant and cannot be removed in an instant, if ever.
- If your print does get damaged you can send it to a paper restorer. Contact a local museum, public collection or auction house to ask for details of people who know how to handle original prints and who can restore them for you.