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