How To Take Care Of Your Canvas Prints
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 Canvas Print as much as possible.
When purchasing a photo Canvas Print it is important to see if the company uses waterproof inks in their photo printing process.
Popular Waterproof Inks:
- UV Curable Inks
- Water-Based Latex Inks
UV Curable Inks:
- High Color Versatility
- Chemical Reaction Causes Waterproofing
- True to Color Printing
- Dry Quickly
- Free of Harmful VOC Fumes
- Ultra High-Definition
- No Ink Tracking
- Heat Resistant
- Strict adherence to Clean Air Act Guidelines
- Wide Range of Printable Mediums
Water-Based Latex Inks:
- Good For Environment
- Free of Nickel
- Instant Dry
- No Smell
Waterproof inks help increase the lifeline of Canvas Prints. If your Canvas Prints package is left on the porch during a rainstorm, waterproof 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!
Can You Hang Canvas Prints In A Bathroom
Sometimes even bathrooms need a little decoration love. When determining whether or not to hang a photo Canvas Print in one of your house’s bathrooms, you want to consider a few different factors that are at play. These factors are:
- Size of Canvas
- Quality of Canvas Print
- Bathroom Ventilation
Size of Canvas
While it does vary from company to company, larger Canvas Prints are usually the least optimal option for displaying a canvas in a humid environment like a restroom. Sizes that are best for canvas wall art being hung in a bathroom are:
- 11” x 14”
- 8” x 10”
- 18” x 24”
- 12” x 12”
- 16” x 16”
If you want a size over this, it may not be as durable to humidity as the frame building process for larger canvas prints uses more glues and other materials that are not water-resistant.
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 for Custom Wood Frame
At our facility in Asheville, North Carolina, we start the printing process with a custom-blended UV 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 UV 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 waterproof and water-resistant properties, we use inks that truly pop off of your canvas helping to breathe life into your favorite images. The benefits of our waterproof and UV resistant inks include:
- No Smudging
- Almost Zero Carbon Footprint
- Prints on Canvas
- Prints on Plastics
- Prints on Acrylics
- Prints on Foil
If your canvas print was printed with water-based latex ink, it is more prone to:
- High Energy Consumption
- Substrates May Buckle Under High Temperatures
- Contain Plastic
- Up to 40% of Ink is Removed During Curing Process
Due to these reasons, CanvasPrints.com chooses to use UV Inks over latex 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.
- Does Not Warp
- Smooth Material
- Can Be Painted Easily
- Very Durable
- Compressed Wood Particles
Natural Pine Board:
- Solid Piece of Wood
- Natural Appearance
- Lighter Weight than MDF Board
- Prone to Warping from Moisture and Humidity
- Bends From Tension
MDF board is superior for canvas prints that are being hung in a bathroom because of its heavy-duty nature. Many canvas printing companies use pine 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 MDF board in our custom in-house frame shop.
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 on damaging your canvas print. You can always order a new one as your taste changes and you create new memories!