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How to Preserve Your Arts, Antiques, and Family Heirlooms

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You can help to preserve your art, antiques, or family keepsakes. You just need to practice few simple rules and a common sense to prevent damaging, and deterioration of your prized possessions. preventing fragile objects from being deteriorated b4 it occurs. 

The best we can do is to properly handle, store and display arts, by controlling sun and light levels to minimize exposure, regulate temperature and relative humidity fluctuations, and mostly avoid insects infestations. 

When the damage occurs, to art, photographs, historic documents, antique objects, you should seek immediate advice of an expert and experienced conservator. a professional conservator can diagnose the problem, and provide treatment options, when required. they can prescribe a maintenance plan, and recommend proper display and storage practices to prevent further damage.   

Many private restorers providing conservation, and restoration services to the general public. Choosing the right conservators to restore and preserve your treasures could be difficult and complicated. Just like choosing the doctors, lawyer or any other professional. Do not hesitate, to ask professionals, and verify experience, work, and expertise of the restorer. Best to contact museums and prominent auction houses. Always check references. Make them provide documents in details how they proceed, how much time needed, and if they can handle the storage procedure. 

The restoration and conservation of paintings, ceramics, wooden objects, textiles, metals, and papers demands different knowledge, facilities and expertise. Seek recommendations from museums and galleries in your community. Many museums use the services of conservators to care for items in their collections. The curators of institutions are usually offering and providing the names and addresses of conservators, who have performed conservation treatments. 

A conservator should examine the objects b4 suggestion of particular form of treatment. Prior to beginning of treatment, the conservator should provide documentation and preliminary examination report, description of treatment and expected results with estimated cost for your review. They should consult you during the treatment if any serious deviation from the agreed upon proposal required. 

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