How To Protect Your Collectibles and Fine Art From A Hurricane

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If you live or work in an area located near the ocean, in a coastal county, or on the bay, the protection of your family treasures and fine art in the event of a hurricane should be a determining factor in the way you display and store your antiques, heirlooms, collectibles and other valuables.

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How To Protect Your Collectibles and Fine Art From A Hurricane

  1. 1. How To Protect Your Collectibles and Fine Art From A Hurricane If you live or work in an area located near the ocean, in a coastal county, or on the bay, the protection of your family treasures and fine art in the event of a hurricane should be a determining factor in theway you display and store your antiques, heirlooms, collectibles and other valuables.Securing such possessions ahead of time will minimize any possible future damage, andpossibly avoid insurance claims and heartache. The following steps are a few ways youcan prevent any damage to your valuable collection prior to a hurricane striking.Prior to a Hurricane 1. Make sure all wall hanging supports are tightly secured. Always remember; wet plaster becomes very weak, artwork that hangs on any plaster walls could easily fall. Be sure that any art hanging on the outside walls of your house are properly spaced away from the walls. Spacers may be bought from your local hardware center or made by screwing or taping boards on the backs of the frames. If you can, wrap or drape non-sticky art in plastic to help prevent any damage from water. Any works in glass frames can be taped, Plexiglas however shouldnt be taped. You should use Museum Wax for helping to anchor any framed art to the walls. See a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYJ7FwjcL_E 2. You should anchor down any collectibles in your home as shown in the above video.
  2. 2. 3. If any works should be taken down from the wall, put them in a room in the interior of your house. Items should be elevated a minimum of 3 inches above the floor on foam or wooden blocks. Any surfaces that are not tacky may be wrapped with plastic sheets. Stacked works should be separated with pieces of cardboard that are larger than the frames. 4. If you have outdoor sculptures they can be brought into the house or properly secured outside. You can protect any sculptures left outside from sand and flying debris by wrapping them in burlap bags or blankets tied securely with ropes. 5. List all of the works you have in the collection. Include specific notes concerning any already existing damage; be sure to include condition details for the bases and frames. Be sure and secure the list in a separate location, or even online. If the need for an insurance claim should arise you will need proper documentation. A client from Virginia Beach, VA lost documentation and artwork last year due to it all being at the same place… their claims went on for several years and were never negotiated to anyone’s satisfaction. Dont let this happen to you, always be prepared. This last suggestion may be a lot of work but it wills SAVE YOU!If you require the services of a qualified professional conservator, most quality arthandling companies, art insurance companies, museums, art galleries and qualityframers can most likely provide you with referrals for appraisers, conservators, fine artstorage providers and art professionals near you. Be sure to get second or even thirdopinions because many art professionals may not have good judgment as to the bestquality of professional conservation. Remember too that a good craftsman does notmake, necessarily a good business man. So, while they may do a good job cleaning, forexample, they may drive you crazy with estimates, timelines etc. So, ask around.Mimzy AllenArt conservation questions? Call Scott Haskins 805 564 3438Art appraisal questions? Call Richard Holgate at 805 895 5121See a quick video tour of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories athttp://www.fineartconservationlab.com Leave a comment!See a quick video on using Museum Waxhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYJ7FwjcL_E

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