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How to Clean My Original Artwork

Saturday, November 25, 2017

One common question we get asked at The Erin Hanson Gallery is “how do I clean my painting?” This is a vital piece of knowledge that every art collector should have in his or her repertoire. Whether you are a serious or casual collector, it’s important to know how to care for the paintings you cherish.

That said, “how to clean art” isn’t something commonly taught in schools. Art curators and conservationists are specially trained in this area, but few outside this select group know what they are doing when it comes to caring for their art. That’s why we’ve provided a step-by-step how-to guide for you to follow when cleaning your Erin Hanson paintings:

California Greens, oil on canvas by Erin Hanson, 2014

How to Clean Your Painting:

1. Take the painting down and place it face up on a sturdy, well-lit surface. We recommend you cover the surface with a towel or something similar to avoid scratching the table's surface. A clean table with direct lighting is your best painting-cleaning station.

2. Get a soft brush. (A very soft sable paintbrush would be ideal). Use this brush to gently dust your painting. Recommended: da Vinci Dusting Brush White Synthetic

3. If there are any spots of dirt, you have a choice. Either send it to a professional painting restorer or get a piece of doughy bread, like a large, soft bread roll. Tear off a piece of the bread and use it to gently rub at the dirt on your painting. Be very gentle. If the dirt is stubborn, send your piece to a professional for cleaning.

*Note: This method of cleaning also works on prints!

If your painting has glass covering the work:

Follow step 1. Then do the following:

a. Get an ammonia-free glass cleaner and a soft, lint-free cloth. Spray the cleaner on the cloth and wipe it gently over the glass.

b. Dry with another soft, lint-free cloth.

*Note: Never spray a cleaner directly onto the glass, as it may seep behind the glass and come in contact with your painting or any matting or warp the frame.

Your painting is not only valuable, it’s something unique and beautiful that needs to be preserved. If you have any questions about the care or handling of your painting, don’t hesitate to contact us here at The Erin Hanson Gallery. We are here to help ensure that you enjoy Erin Hanson’s works for years to come.


ERIN HANSON is a life-long painter, beginning her study of oils as a young child.  Her passion for natural beauty is seen in her work as she transforms vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms and raw emotional impact. Her frequent forays into National Parks and other havens of nature include backpacking expeditions, rock climbing, and photo safaris.  Hanson's unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, which is now taught in art schools around the world. With thousands of collectors eagerly anticipating her work and millions of followers online, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, and she is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.

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