Photo Tip #4

By · March 8, 2009
Cleaning Glass on Framed Art Work

Spray your cloth- not directly on the glass of hanging photographs or art pieces. The cleaner may run to the bottom, seep in between the glass and the frame and make its way to the mat board and artwork. If possible, take the artwork down and clean it on a level surface.

When choosing a glass cleaner, select a type without ammonia in it. Ammonia is damaging to print material, even after it is dry. The type we use is also soap-free, static-free and non-streaking by TruVue.

I also like to use Scott Rags, a multipurpose paper towel that is lint free. These are found in the paint department of Menard’s.

This type of cleaner evaporates a little differently, you must keep moving and flip your paper towel to a fresh spot to avoid hazy streaks. Look at the glass from different angles, you will be able to see if it is clear. If not, do it again.

(Be very careful with plexi-glass. Regular papertowels will scratch it.)

We custom mat and frame photographs, memorabilia and art work. Call for an appointment and let us assist you with your projects.

Barb Gordon, M.Photog. CR, CPP, is a nationally published and award winning photographer, entrepreneur, speaker, and author. She has been locally honored by YWCA Tribute to Women of Achievement 2001 and Advanced Entrepreneur of the Year 2003. Barb owns Gordon Photography in Marion, Iowa specializing in customized portrait art. Learn more at

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