Giclée prints are known for their extreme longevity and correctly cared for your giclée prints should remain the same for generations. Please read and follow the care instructions below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact form or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Handling your print
Giclée prints should be cared for in the same way as an original piece of art - dirt, dust, moisture, oils, adhesives, solvents, heat, and anything that could scratch, dent or crease the paper should be avoided to get contact with the print.
Here are some general guidelines for handling your print:
Use clean, dry hands (white cotton gloves are even better) to handle your print as skin oils can stain the paper.
Use both hands to hold your print so it will not bend as dents and creases in the print are likely to be permanent.
Hold your giclée print only at the edges of the paper to avoid finger-smudges on the face of the print which will be very difficult or impossible to remove.
Use clean, dry, flat and smooth surface for laying your print (face up).
Keep your new giclée print covered with the acid-free tissue paper (for example the one in which it was packed by us) until it is framed.
Don’t use your hands to wipe off any dust as this can also damage the surface of your giclée print – use a dry, clean, white lint-free cloth or a photographer’s lens-brush. Darker areas of the print are extra sensitive to touch.
Flattening your print
As your print is packed tightly into a cardboard tube for shipping it is rolled-up once you’ll receive it and it takes some time to flatten it.
Prepare a flat, smooth and hard surface for laying print out. Clean it carefully of any particles that may stain your print. Lay the print out, image side up, on the flat surface. Put the tissue paper it was packed in over the print to protect it and place a few clean and dry, flat and heavy objects (i.e. books) on the ends and around the middle of the print. Let your print relax over-night, at least - if it still isn’t flat when you remove the books, replace them for a few more hours.