When you visit museums, you might notice some little machines sitting in a corner or two that clock the room temperature or that also purify the air from dust particles that might cling to paintings and damage the surfaces. Art is a precious commodity and you can’t expose it to the elements. It is a known part of art conservation to ward off the invasion of dust. It is interesting that few people do this at home, even if they have a reasonably sized art collection of their own. They just don’t know what it takes to keep a collection intact. It is not a matter of dusting with a feather duster now and then, although that can help. I am the wiser and have purchased an air purifier for dust control, not for allergies and odors. As any homeowner knows, it collects fast in nooks and crannies, cracks and crevasses, before your very eyes. What it does to art would surprise you. It takes its toll over time requiring some expensive cleaning and maintenance by the experts.
Art is an investment, one of the seven basic types that includes bank accounts, stocks, bonds, real estate, currencies, commodities, and tangibles like art. As such, you want to maximize your profits if you intend to sell it, rather than just enjoy it for itself, at the top of the market. If it isn’t protected, it could lose value if it becomes damaged. An air purifier is an easy enough device to own for this purpose. If you have allergies or are sensitive to smells, it will serve you in multiple ways. Collecting art is a responsibility. You monitor your stock and bond portfolio, don’t you, checking price movement, etc. You also want to monitor your art, whether it consists of works on paper, paintings, sculpture, or ceramics. Part of monitoring is to watch for dust accumulation. This is particularly important for delicate paint surfaces, especially oils. You can protect your collection with careful scrutiny. If you haven’t added an air purifier to your arsenal of protective tactics, by all means do so now. They come in all sizes and prices so you can select the perfect one for the size of the room that houses the bulk of the art. If you store things in an attic or basement, get one for that area as well.
Art collecting is not for everyone. It takes a keen eye, a willingness to pay the price for quality, and an effort at preservation. If you satisfy these requirements, you may well be the perfect candidate. Most people enjoy art on its own terms as a powerful expression of emotion emotions and aesthetic skills. They aren’t always in it for investment profit. Dealers are the ones who know how to market and sell art at the prevailing prices. The average art buyer is not in this realm. It doesn’t mean you won’t look at art collecting as a professional endeavor. If so, buying an air purifier may be your first act as such.