Canvas prints are a durable form of wall art that can stand reasonable exposure to the elements. When hanging your canvas prints in a humid or wet environment, it is wise to take the proper precautions to ensure the longevity of your canvas prints. This article will help to teach you the correct way to care for your museum-quality photo canvas prints in a variety of situations and climates.
Can Canvas Prints Get Wet?
While it is not advisable to take your canvas prints to the community swimming pool, most canvas prints can handle some exposure to water. Although canvas prints are not completely waterproof, there are ways to protect your print as much as possible such as varnishing your canvas print as well.
When purchasing a photo canvas print it is important to see if the company uses water-resistant inks in their photo printing process.Popular Water-Resistant Inks:
- UV Curable Inks
- Water-Based Latex Inks
- High Color Versatility
- True to Color Printing
- Dry Quickly
- Free of Harmful VOC Fumes
Water-Based Latex Inks:
- Good For the Environment
- Free of Nickel
- Instant Dry
- No Smell
Water-resistant inks help increase the lifeline of canvas prints. If your canvas print package is left on the porch during a rainstorm, water-resistant inks will have you covered.
Additionally, waterproof inks help you clean your canvas. All you need is a damp cloth to wipe down the front side of your premium canvas print, and it will look good as new! No matter the size or style, each canvas we ship is printed with water-resistant ink!
Quality of Canvas Print
The quality of your canvas print plays a massive role in the durability of your photo canvas print. There are three primary materials involved in the canvas printing process. They are:
- Wood Frame
At our facility in Asheville, North Carolina, we start the printing process with a custom-blended cotton canvas. The benefits of this style of canvas are vast and include features such as:
- High Color Density
- Ultra High Definition
- Resistant to Water
- Smooth Texture
- Easy to Stretch
- Resistant to Scratches
Among a host of other points, these factors show the high-quality nature of the custom-blended canvas that CanvasPrints.com uses. Using a museum-quality canvas material will help to make the canvas more durable to humidity as well as regular wear and tear.
As mentioned previously, high-quality ink is crucial for your canvas prints. In addition to water-resistant properties, we use inks that truly pop off of your canvas helping to breathe life into your favorite images.
- No Smudging
- Almost Zero Carbon Footprint
- Prints on Canvas
- Prints on Plastics
- Prints on Acrylics
- Prints on Foil
Due to these reasons, CanvasPrints.com chooses to use Epson Ultrachrome GS3 solvent Inks over UV inks. With higher definition colors and true-to-image printing, these inks are far superior for canvas prints.
The wood used for framing a canvas print is crucial, especially in a humid environment like a bathroom. Softwoods will quickly deteriorate, while certain hardwoods will trap moisture and warp over time. When hanging a canvas print in a bathroom it is crucial to avoid this.
Natural Pine Board:
- Solid Piece of Wood
- Natural Appearance
- Lighter Weight than MDF Board
- Extremely Durable
- Smooth Material
- Can Be Painted Easily
- Compressed Wood Particles
Pine board is superior for canvas prints that are being hung in a bathroom because of its heavy-duty nature. Many canvas printing companies use MDF board, however, this type of material is more prone to warping if displayed in a humid environment such as the bathroom. CanvasPrints.com uses only the highest grade pine board in our custom in-house frame shop.
Bathroom Ventilation & Humidity
Regardless of the composition of your canvas print, humidity still may play a role in deteriorating your print. Even with the highest quality materials, you will want to be careful to not expose your photo canvas print to too much dampness. The following tips are general pieces of advice to keep your canvas print in tip-top shape in a humid place.
- Do not place print immediately next to bathtub or shower
- Rather, place canvas print on the opposite side of the bathroom
- Use an exhaust fan to help extract steam
- Open bathroom windows to allow steam to escape and cooler air to enter
- Place in half bathroom that does not have a shower
After you’ve ordered your canvas print, you will be eager to find the perfect spot for it. If that spot happens to be a bathroom or another humid space, these tips will help you minimize the damage to your canvas print.
However, with the affordability of canvas prints from a site like CanvasPrints.com, you do not need to stress too hard about damaging your canvas print. You can always order a new one as your taste changes and you create new memories!