Caring for your prints

Taking proper care of your prints ensures that your treasured memories last for years to come. Here are some tips to help you preserve and protect your prints:

  1. Handle with Clean Hands: Always wash and dry your hands before handling prints to avoid transferring oils, dirt, or moisture onto them.
  2. Store Prints Properly: Keep your prints in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and humidity. High temperatures and moisture can cause prints to fade or deteriorate.
  3. Use Acid-Free Materials: Store prints in acid-free photo albums, boxes, or sleeves. Acid-free materials prevent prints from yellowing and becoming brittle over time.
  4. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Exposure to sunlight can cause prints to fade. Display prints away from windows or use UV-filtering glass for framed prints.
  5. Keep Away from Heat Sources: Avoid placing prints near heaters, radiators, or other sources of heat, as high temperatures can damage the prints.
  6. Be Mindful of Framing: Use high-quality, acid-free mats and backing when framing prints. Ensure the glass is UV-resistant to protect the prints from fading.
  7. Rotate Prints on Display: If you like to display your prints, consider rotating them periodically. This prevents one print from being exposed to light for too long.
  8. Avoid Touching the Surface: When handling prints, hold them by the edges to avoid leaving fingerprints or smudges on the surface.
  9. Use Protective Sleeves: For prints you want to keep safe, use protective sleeves made of polyester or polyethylene. Avoid PVC sleeves, as they can release harmful chemicals.
  10. Backup Digital Copies: Ensure you have digital backups of your prints so you can reprint them if anything happens to the originals.

By following these care tips, you can keep your prints looking vibrant and beautiful for years to come.