Frame Hacks | Whitney Beth Photography | Utah Family + Senior Photographer
If you’ve been following along on Instagram lately, you’ll know that I’ve been on a frame kick. I redid an entire gallery wall with all new frames. I’ve been riding that high of instant gratification to tackle other frames around the house, as well as remembering some tips that can help save your frames from damage.
1. Blue Tacky
I love this stuff. Originally made to hang posters, blue tacky is amazing for helping with that stubborn frame that won’t hang straight.
I swear every house has at least one frame that is hung on a nail, and with the slightest bit of movement, ends up crooked. That was me with a picture near my kitchen. Every time the boys ran by it would lean. I had straightened it out so many times that eventually I just left it crooked. While shifting everything around in my house I pulled out some blue tacky – stuck it behind a corner of the frame, and voila! No more crooked frame!
2. When storing or transporting frames remember to place them front to front, back to back.
I had a professor in college that drilled it into our heads the entire semester. And it worked, because here I am, year later, still relaying it in my mind whenever I stack frames.
Lay the frames with the faces towards each other. This helps minimize the risk of scratching the glass and damaging the frame. The same goes for back to back. All the sharp hardware can scratch the glass, so it’s better to have them sandwiched safely together.
3. Put down the windex.
I’m not sure if it’s a generational thing or an Oregon thing, but I remember my grandma and my mom washing and dusting picture frames by spraying a mist of windex directly to the glass, and then using a rag to wipe it down.
Regardless of where it started, it needs to end with us! Windex is great for cleaning frames – if they are empty. If they are housing one of your photographs, step away from the spray! Spraying windex directly onto the glass is risky. The windex can seep down and inside the frame and be absorbed by the photograph. The picture either gets warped, stained or worst case, stuck to the glass. Once a picture is stuck to the glass, there is very little that can be done to remove it without tearing the picture and loosing the hardcopy.
In cases like these the only options are to scan it in with the image stuck to the glass and print a new one. Or you could soak the glass and photograph in water in the hopes that the water will release the image (but if you do this, you run the risk of losing the picture if it wasn’t printed with darkroom technology.) And third, toss it, because there’s nothing else that can be done.
When you need to clean and dust your frames, use a damp rag with water to wipe the frame clean. And if you must use windex, either take the print out first, or lightly spray your rag with it first to ensure no drops make it inside your frame.
I’m proud of you for printing your photos in the first place, use these tips to help keep your frames and pictures looking fresh!