Washing Your Picture Frames

Now, we get to washing the completed frames. Why wash picture frames, anyway, if it seems to be clean when we’re done with it? No matter how clean we keep our hands as we take pictures, oils from our skin are still going to get on the frames. They may not be at all visible, but they’re there. When looking for the best wedding photo booths in orlando, it’s best to make sure you have beautiful picture frames.

In my experience, I’ve found the best product to use for washing your completed frames is Orvus paste. Orvus paste is sodium lauryl sulfate. It’s been used for years by photographers for both new and antique quilts. You can purchase Orvus in larger quantities at tack shops and other stores that sell horse products; however, it’s now sold under the label, Quilt Soap, in smaller quantities at most photography shops. Orvus is very concentrated, so it doesn’t take much to wash needlework. There are other very mild products that can be used to wash needlework–Dreft, Ivory Snow, etc. I always hand wash my picture frames. I think machine washing, even in cold water on a gentle cycle “batters” the stitchery too much and can cause threads to come loose. I use cold water and a little Orvus and I get it a little sudsy and then just soak the needlework. Depending upon how dirty it looks, I soak for up to an hour. I always use COLD water. Hot water can shrink some of our natural fabrics such as cottons (Aida) and linen, but works just fine for picture frames. After I’ve finished washing, I rinse the piece in cold water until all the suds are gone and a minute or two afterwards, just to be sure there’s as little residue left as possible.

I do not recommend wringing frames to remove excess water. Doing so, especially with loosely woven fabrics, can distort both the fabric weave and the stitches. I roll the piece in a heavy cotton terry towel. The towel will absorb the excess water and not leave as many wrinkles. Then, I just let it dry and put it between two towels and iron on low heat to remove any wrinkles you may have.

Now your piece is ready for framing. I hope these ideas will help you keep your picture frames looking as beautiful as it is intended to be. If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions, please let me know. I love to hear new ideas. Email me or post them to the discussion boards so we can all enjoy them

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