Caring for your Fine-Art Giclee Print
About your Giclee Print: Giclee prints are very special; they are found in the world’s finest museums, art galleries and private art collections and are worthy of being treasured and cared for in the same way as an original.
The giclee printing process carefully reproduces the rich colors and beautiful detail of each brush stroke of the original painting and any “imperfections” you may perceive are a feature of the original painting.
Your giclee print is professionally printed on archival-quality heavy-duty canvas using the finest archival pigment-based Epson inks available. Your print is finished with a coat of UV-inhibiting satin varnish designed to add an extra level of protection to the inks and to increase the longevity of the colors.
Copyright: Copyright of your giclee print is retained by the artist and reproductions are prohibited.
Care & Cleaning: With proper care, your giclee will enhance your surroundings and bring decades, if not lifetimes, of pleasure. To keep the colors in your giclee vibrant for many years, avoid displaying your print in direct sunlight or under fluorescent lighting, both of which emit UV radiation. Also avoid hanging over heaters or fireplaces. Best is to hang on a wall in indirect light and if lighting is needed, LED or halogen is best. Avoid contact with moisture, solvents, hard objects and adhesives as these can damage and scratch the surface of your print.
To clean your giclee, best is to gently use a soft sable brush or a clean thick-pile microfiber dusting cloth. If necessary to remove grime, a soft microfiber cloth or Q-tip dampened very slightly with water (never use solvents) can also be used very gently exerting only the slightest of pressure. Avoid using your hands to wipe off any dust as this can also scratch the surface. If in doubt, or if anything marks or stains your giclee, get expert advice from a conservator or fine-art framer.
Rolled Giclees: The vast majority of you have purchased gallery-wrapped giclee prints that are ready to hang, but if you purchased a rolled giclee print, this information is for you: After unrolling the print from the cardboard tube, be very careful to use two hands to support the print so it will not bend. A crease in the print is permanent. Even better, take your print directly to the framer while it is still in its packaging.
The cardboard tube your art print comes in is not suitable for long-time storage as it is not acid free and archival. If you want to use the tube for long-term storage, make sure the giclee is first wrapped in archival tissue.
For additional care, lighting and framing tips, see “Care of an Original Painting”.