The proper care and handling of paper prints:
Remove all tape that was used for packaging. Even the smallest piece can find its way to your print and damage the surface.
Handle the print only by the edges, preferably with clean white cotton gloves.
The oils from you hands can affect the PH of the paper and reduce the archival qualities. Fingerprints on dark areas will show up as sheen.
Use two hands to support the print, so it will not bend. A crease in the print is permanent.
Do not use your hands to wipe off any dust, this can scratch the surface. Use canned air gently and always keep the can upright so no Freon comes out.
Be gentle. Some of the fine art papers we use are a fibrous media. if you rub your print, it will pill, and the ink on the surface can scratch off. This applies to both glossy and matte/watercolor prints.
Keep moisture or condensation from getting on the print. Although the ink is somewhat water resistant, water can still cause damage. A water drop on the print surface will be permanently visible when dry.
If possible, allow a few days for your print to breathe before framing so the inks can completely set and any outgassing can escape.
Make sure that when the print is framed that natural expansion and contraction is taken into account – if you are taping a print to a mat board do not tape all around the print as this may cause ripples in more humid weather as the print tries to expand and cannot – instead use a hinging method or have a professional framer do the job.
When framing, use only archival (acid-free) supplies. Wood frames treated with chemicals or paints can omit harmful gases that can attack the ink and paper.
DO NOT USE the cardboard materials we package our jobs in or the cardboard tubes for long-time storage of your fine art print, they are NOT archival.
However, the clear plastic sleeves we use are archival. Tubes and hard envelopes can be reused and/or recycled.
Use common sense–storing or exhibiting a print in bright sunlight, or in a setting that might have chemical outgassing (from freshly painted walls, new rugs, and other fumes) which may cause fading or discoloration.