- : Never use water or solvent to clean your paintings.
- 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.
- TIP: As you're using the brush, imagine that you're dusting pollen from flower petals.
- 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.
- TIP: Before you use bread on an oil painting, make sure the paint layers are firmly attached so you don’t rub off any paint.
- 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.
- FACT: In 2006, researchers determined that the model for the Mona Lisa was pregnant or had just given birth.
You Will Need
- A new
- soft-bristle brush
- Unsliced doughy bread