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How to look after your Canvas Art

Updated on August 7, 2008

Canvas Care

You've got your canvas, its hung up and looking amazing, but how do you look after it now its up? Well its not to tricky to do and this article will give you the hints and tips on caring for your canvas.

Re-tensioning a canvas
Re-tensioning a canvas


Over time all canvas prints will get slightly slack. Don't worry, this is perfectly natural and very easy to fix. Remove the canvas from the wall and turn over. In each corner you'll see some plastic wedges, these wedges need tapping towards the frame but be very gentle. Tap a wedge once and rotate to the next. Keep tapping the wedges till your happy with the tension of the canvas.

Use a feather duster to clean a canvas
Use a feather duster to clean a canvas

Cleaning and Dusting

Under no circumstances should you use a wet or damp cloth to clean your canvas. Instead use a feather duster or dry sponge to gently clean your canvas print.

Removing Dents
Removing Dents

Removing Dents

If during the life of your canvas you get small dents or 'bubbles' on your canvas, you can get rid of them with a kettle. Boil the kettle and let the steam cover the area with the dent on, do not let the steam get onto the face of the canvas, only the back surface should be steamed. The steam will suck the dent out of the canvas in front of your very eyes! Magic.

Please be patient with it as you'll need a fair amount of steam. Only fill the kettle to the minimum level (so the water heats up quicker and uses less electricity) and please be careful not to scold yourself as the steam will be very hot!


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    • WHoArtNow profile image

      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      The kettle trick is fun to watch as well, just remember to steam the non art side!

    • Frieda Babbley profile image

      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Oh wow! Fabulous tip about removing dents. I never knew what to do so I never did anything. Fortunately it's never been a huge enough problem for me to worry about it. I wonder if my mom knows. I'm going to have to tell her. She does oils (amongst many other art forms). I don't remember what she ever did when that happened. Who knew? (Well, aparently you did.) Thanks for the info. --F.B.