We are excited to introduce a new store to the Artefex family. The new Flax store is finally ready to open its doors. A great location right next to the new home of the San Francisco school of art, makes this an easy to get to store for the local artist. Flax currently carries the Rublev Oils colours, but is planing to carry other Artefex products soon. Check them out at Building D, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA.
The Mini Picture Cleaning Kit contains supplies for removing surface dirt and the oxidation products from both unvarnished and varnished oil paintings. It contains both dry cleaning and aqueous cleaning materials.
Included in the Mini Picture Cleaning Kit:
Dry Cleaning Sponge (small)
Picture CleanGel (4 fl oz)
Purified Deionized Water (4 fl oz)
Odorless Mineral Spirits (4 fl oz)
Dusting and Dry Cleaning Paintings
There are several methods to clean paint surfaces including the use of a soft hair brush to brush away dust into a vacuum.
If these methods do not clean a paint surface well enough, the next step is to use dry cleaning methods that clean the surface more aggressively. Using materials such as a microfiber cloths and dry cleaning sponges, you can safely remove dirt from the surface of the painting. If dusting and dry cleaning methods do not succeed in removing soil from paint surfaces, only then use an aqueous cleaning method.
Aqueous Cleaning Methods
Picture CleanGel is a solvent-free aqueous gel cleanser that is gentle to both varnished or unvarnished paint surfaces. The gel cleanser is designed to remove soil, proteinaceous and carbohydrate materials from varnished and unvarnished oil paint surfaces. It is also useful as a cleaner for paintings that have collected dirt and dust immediately prior to varnishing.