Conservation framing and museum framing, simply stated, is framing that uses only acid-free materials. The reason for this is that the acid present in paper pulp will yellow, and can damage and burn your artwork.
To ensure you not damage or burn your artwork, anything that comes in contact with your artwork must be acid-free. This means the matting, the backing board, and any adhesives or tapes that may be necessary to attach artwork to the matting must be acid-free. Most conservation frame shops will use acid-free tape to hinge, or attach artwork to the mat, or backing.
At S.F. Framing, we take the safety of your artwork a step further to ensure your art is not damaged. We only use tape when it is absolutely unavoidable. Instead, we place the artwork into acid-free acrylic corners, which attach to the backing board, then we adhere the matting around the edges of the artwork. Thus, no tape touches the art, and it will remain in mint condition. Even if you are not concerned with the art becoming damaged, it is still best to use conservation matting. The colors will not fade, and the bevels of the mat will remain crisp, clean and bright white.
Another thing to consider is whether to use acrylic or museum glass. Our conservation-type acrylic will block out 97% of the damaging U.V. rays, and it will not break – helping to ensure that your artwork is well protected. Our museum glass is also available – and is also anti-reflective and blocks out 99% of damaging U.V. rays.