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Is your home filled with expensive artwork from classic painters? Or do you support your creative friends by purchasing their original pieces?

The total financial worth of your artwork collection is insignificant. Whether you have made it your hobby to accumulate as many pieces from renowned artists around the globe or just love displaying artwork created by your close friends, each and every piece has inherent value.

As you continue to add to your art collection, you are fixed with the task of trying to find the perfect place to display it within your home. While you are deciding between above your fireplace or on a gallery wall, you need to really take into consideration the impact that placement will have on the piece of art. For example, if you hang your painting in the path of direct sunlight from a living room window, constant exposure to the light from the sun will cause the vivid colors to fade over time.

Here are the most common mistakes that unknowing homeowners make when they display and care for their art:

Cleaning the glass with glass cleaner.

Your painting may be protected by a thin sheet of glass, so one would think that glass cleaner would be the appropriate agent to use to clean dust and fingerprint marks off of the surface. But fluid can actually collect in the bottom of the frame and bleed into the art. Instead, you should either use a dry cloth to remove dust or fingerprints or, if that doesn’t work, use a small amount of water mixed with rubbing alcohol and only run the cloth over the section of the glass that needs cleaned.

Cleaning a wood frame.

Some artwork is purchased with wood frame included. Due to the finishing process that goes into real wooden frames, any polish or water used to clean the frame could ruin the wood. Instead, use a soft brush to remove any dust or marks.

Using one nail to hang paintings.

In an effort to avoid putting numerous holes in their walls, homeowners will opt for one nail to secure artwork, which sacrifices sturdiness. If anyone were to bump the wall or a mild earthquake were to hit, your piece of art will easily lose balance and come crashing down.

Displaying art in a bathroom.

Bathrooms can often be difficult to decorate. With all of that wall space, it’s tempting to hang at least one piece of art. But the humidity and condensation that collects over years of showering will end up damaging the art. If the piece is especially valuable to you, hang it in a bedroom or living room instead.