There are few simple things you can do to care for your Chinese wall scrolls. This Chinese wall scroll care guide will help you understand what you can do to insure your scroll lasts a lifetime. Many of the suggestions in this guide are common sense, but we have included them to emphasize the importance of general care practices with wall scrolls, paintings and other artworks.
- Keep wall scrolls dry at all times, moisture may cause stains or the scroll to separate.
- Keep them out of reach of children and pets. If you cannot keep your scroll out of the reach of children you should explain to them not to touch the scroll, no matter how clean their hands are. Even if your hands are clean natural oils on your skin can be transferred to the scroll.
- Do not use a duster to clean the scroll, you will only make the painting worse. To remove dust you should use canned air like used for computers and other electronic equipment. The air is under high pressure, so be sure to use it from an appropriate distance.
- When rolling and unrolling a scroll be very careful and do it slowly, do not drop it. Never roll a wall scroll up inside out, it will almost certainly wrinkle the painting mounted on the scroll.
- Do not hang scrolls in direct sunlight. Sunlight may cause fading of the painting or silk border, and if only part of the scroll is exposed it may cause uneven fading, which would be even worse.
- If you will not display the scroll roll it up carefully, and tight. Store it in a cool dry place. Do not expose the scroll to excessive heat or moisture, which may cause water or mold stains.
If you want to preserve the painting for a lifetime in the best possible condition you may want to consider removing the painting from the scroll and framing it. A properly framed painting is protected from dust, moisture, children and pets. Chinese brush paintings can very easily be cut from a wall scroll. If you leave some of the silk brocade border you won't even need to mat the painting to frame it.
General Wall Scroll Care
As with anything you love use your best judgment when handling and displaying wall scrolls. If you can think of any reason not to hang a wall scroll in a particular place, don't. It is better to be safe than sorry, if you use common sense and care for your scroll properly it will not only last your entire life, but can be a valuable heirloom that may be passed down to your children and grandchildren.