How to Clean a Painting

How to Clean a Painting


How to Clean a Painting. If your oil and watercolor paintings are covered
in dust and dirt, learn how to clean them using common household items. You will need A new, soft-bristle brush and
unsliced doughy bread. Never use water or solvent to clean your paintings. Step 1. Decide whether you can clean the painting
yourself. If it’s extremely valuable or an antique,
use a professional. Step 2. Gently dust the painting with a soft-bristle
brush. As you’re using the brush, imagine that you’re
dusting pollen from flower petals. Step 3. Use the inside of the bread to remove any
dirt. Break off a piece of bread and gently rub
a section of the painting. When that piece is dirty, break off another
piece and continue on another section. Before you use bread on an oil painting, make
sure the paint layers are firmly attached so you don’t rub off any paint. Step 4. Brush away any excess bread crumbs. Step 5. Hang or re-hang your painting. Take a moment to enjoy the satisfaction of
having successfully restored your artwork. Did you know In 2006, researchers determined
that the model for the Mona Lisa was pregnant or had just given birth.

18 thoughts on “How to Clean a Painting

  1. leave cleaning to professionals: consult a qualified conservator-restorer.

    BEFORE dusting please check if its safe to do so! avoid dusting if detached paint (flaking paint) is noticed. AVOID bread. it will leave unwanted residues. there are synthetic (safer) cleaning products. Still, if you care for your artwork and would not like to risk your valuable painting, consult a qualified paintings conservator-restorer.

  2. So what about the oils in the bread? And what kind of crud comes off with bread?! Light dust? We'll, OK then… congratulations, you've cleaning light dust off your painting… big woop. What about nicotine, discolored varnish (how many different kids of varnish are that dissolve in different solvents?), stains from stuff being spilled, bad previous retouchings/restorations, and what about the whitish film that comes from people trying to clean the painting with detergent before you?

  3. This is probably one of the dumbest videos I've seen on Youtube and I've been on here since it's creation. Do not do this to a painting. Breads have oils and other organic matter that could cause the painting to form mold or spots. Either teach yourself how to use the tools used to clean, or take it to someone who already knows how.

  4. I'm not trying to blame the video, but people who are watching this please do not follow it!!
    The oil in the bread will the painting even dirtier and may also cause the painting to grow mold.
    The brush method could work, but I don't recommend people whom had no experience in cleaning artworks to do it.

  5. Rather use a gallon of paintstripper, poured all over the artwork then gently remove whatever is lose with a hardened steel spatula….once all is removed call 911 and admit you F'ed up but do NOT use bread.

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