How to Clean a Painting

If your oil and watercolor paintings are covered in dust and dirt, learn how to clean them using common household items.

You will need

  • A new
  • soft-bristle brush
  • Unsliced doughy bread

Step 1 Decide whether you can do it Decide whether you can clean the painting yourself. If it’s extremely valuable or an antique, use a professional.

Step 2 Use a soft-bristle brush Gently dust the painting with a soft-bristle brush.

Step 3 Use a loaf of bread Use the inside of the bread to remove any dirt. Break off a piece of bread and gently rub a section of the painting. When that piece is dirty, break off another piece and continue on another section.

Step 4 Brush away crumbs Brush away any excess bread crumbs.

Step 5 Hang the picture Hang or re-hang your painting. Take a moment to enjoy the satisfaction of having successfully restored your artwork.