You might think that taking care of your custom or vintage picture frame was straight forward. Bought and Hung, nothing more to think about. But that is not necessarily the case. With all nice things, a little TLC once and a while is necessary. Some basic rules:
Moisture, dew, damp, water, humidity—they all cause pictures to ripple and change form. In the winter the paper will bend one way, and in summer it will bend the other way. Decided to hang that contemporary picture frame in the bathroom? All that moisture from the shower will be absorbed into the paper, causing more ripples, and if the paper were to touch the glass, then it might stick to the glass, damaging the print/art/photo over time.
In addition to moisture and humidity—radiators, fireplaces, heating systems; sudden and extreme temperature changes will cause the paper to morph and curve. Minor fluctuations in the print, photo, art, paper are totally normal. Do not be nerved by this. Paper is a porous material, that changes with its environment. So be aware of this, and protect your art as best your can from extremes.
All that damp in the kitchen, can easily be absorbed into the back board of the picture frame, into the art, and encourage fungal growth, aka mold. Common cold is obvious to most, but on paper this might show up as brown stains. Conservation type framing will undoubtedly help to slow these effects, but it is ultimately the best to hang your newly bought Berliner moulding custom picture frame somewhere dry and away from moisture.
The previous two points also manifest when hung on your newly plastered Berlin walls. Please don’t. It is recommended to wait at least 6 months before hanging.
Take notice to the sunlight. Especially if you do no have UV protective glass in your picture frame. Overtime, the sun will bleach your picture and the paper will deteriorate. Forms of conservation mounting and framing will significantly reduce the deterioration of your paper, but this does not mean that one should hang your vintage picture frame with professional photograph in the direct sunlight. Take Care.
Just like when hanging a print, storing is a form of hanging. Take notice not to store your picture frame sideways or upside down (would you hang it on the wall this way?) The frame and art inside should be stored standing vertically. This helps to protect the mounting, and not lead to any long term damage to the paper that could occur if left in storage the wrong way.
After you have put your beautiful up-cycled picture frame from Frameworks Berlin on the wall, you still want to care for it periodically. Like all the other things in your house, clean it! Use a rag, and spray your organic glass cleaner onto a rag first, then cleaning the glass. If you have UV protected-antireflection glass— use alcohol to clean it. The soap in the normal glass cleaner will leave streaks on the the fancy glass! Try to avoid the bottom of the the vintage frame, because over time the cleaning will wear it away.