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How to Clean Canvas Pictures

user iconby Team CANVASDISCOUNTclock icon5 Minutescalender icon2023-12-31

Wondering how to clean canvas pictures? Learn how to get the best results in this article – plus a couple of things to avoid doing.

Canvas prints from CANVASDISCOUNT are designed to need the minimum of care once they’re hung on your wall. But the longer you’ve had your print, the more likely it is to need a bit of a clean.

In this quick guide, we list the best methods for cleaning your canvas – and also a few things we recommend that you don’t do. Cleaning a photo canvas is simple enough, so just follow the instructions below and your print should stay in great condition for many years to come.

How to Clean a Canvas Print – Introduction

If you’re thinking of giving your canvas print a bit of a wipe-down for the first time, there are two things to keep in mind.

The Canvas Itself is Very Hard-Wearing...

Canvas is famously durable. So you shouldn’t worry unduly about damaging the fabric itself when you apply a bit of pressure in cleaning your print.

...But the Print Itself Can Be a Bit More Delicate

Canvas prints from CANVASDISCOUNT are produced using HP latex inks. These inks are completely solvent-free – and while this means they’re non-toxic and safe for the whole family, it also means they can be prone to moisture damage.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest you take your canvas to the dry cleaners! But you should avoid getting your print too damp, or rubbing the surface too vigorously once it’s been moistened.

How to Clean Canvas Pictures the Right Way

Here we suggest four different approaches to cleaning canvas pictures, depending on how much soiling there is – going from least to most.

Holding Canvas Print with Gloves

1. Dust

If your canvas print’s built up a layer of dust but is otherwise in excellent condition, all you need to do is give it a once-over with a duster or a dry cloth. You shouldn’t need to get your print damp at all.

Cleaning canvas with a feather duster

2. Everyday Grime

If your print’s showing some more noticeable grubbiness, you might need to try a bit of water. We recommend using a slightly damp microfiber cloth. You can apply a bit of pressure when wiping the areas affected, just don’t get too carried away.

Water splashed on canvas

3. Significant Spots and Marks

So what to do in cases when the soiling is more serious – if you’ve splashed wine or another dark liquid on your print, for instance?

Try repeating the steps from method 2, only this time with a bit of household detergent (think along the lines of dishwashing liquid) added to the water. Don’t apply the detergent directly to the canvas – dilute it in water before dampening your cloth.

Dirty Canvas Print

4. Persistent Stains

There might be cases where the staining or discoloration is too extensive for household detergents to deal with. In these cases we recommend consulting a professional art cleaner.


What You Should Definitely Avoid

Below we list a few things NOT to do when cleaning your prints:

Don't spray waterdirectly onto your canvas, as this will make the fabric too damp and the print prone to smudging. Dampen the cloth instead.

Don’t use aggressivechemical agents, as any cleaning benefit will be outweighed by the risk of damage to the fabric. Stick to regular household detergents.

Don’t rub the canvas too aggressively, as this carries the risk of smudging the print, especially when it’s damp. A gentle but firm approach is best.


How to not clean your canvas prints


And the Best Way to Keep Your Print Clean... to stop it getting dirty in the first place!

OK, probably not very helpful advice – because if you’re reading this article, the chances are it’s a bit late for that! But once you’ve cleaned your print with the help of our guide, there are some steps you can take to put off the next clean for as long as possible.

Display your print in places inaccessible to younger children. Canvas prints have just as much visual appeal to kids as they do to adults – so if your prints are within easy reach of your little ones, fingerprints and crayon marks are the inevitable result.

Refrain from smoking inside. Cigarette smoke will take years to have a noticeable effect on your print, but gradually the particles will build up on the fabric surface and cause discoloration.

Think twice before displaying your canvas in humid environments. Busy kitchens and (especially) bathrooms are best avoided when hanging your print, because lots of steam can affect the dyes or even the canvas fabric itself.

We hope this simple guide helps you keep your canvas prints in excellent condition for many years to come.

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