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Video:How to Clean Picture Frames

with Jonathon Stewart

Your memories are precious - why let them just collect dust? Try these easy tips for cleaning picture frames.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Clean Picture Frames

They house images of our younger selves, our loved ones, and memories that we cherish and hold onto over the years. So why not keep 'em looking their best? Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. Let's face it, from the dust that settles into the wood to the fingerprints that collect on the glass - your picture frames can get pretty mucky. And is that any way to treat your sordid past?

Today it's all about keeping them clean and presentable - the picture frames that is, ridding your closet of skeletons, well, that's a whole different ball game. Check it out.

Dust and Clean the Picture Frame

Start by carefully removing your frame from your shelf or wall, and setting it aside somewhere safe. Using a feather duster or lint-free cloth, dust around the edges of the frame to remove any particles that may have gathered over time. Next, dampen another lint-free cloth, and run it over the edges of the frame to gently clean any remaining or more deeply ingrained dirt or grime.

Clean Locations for Picture Frames

Hopefully, you haven't hung any important pieces of art over your stovetop or in the shower - kitchens and bathrooms are notoriously dirty and humid, and a little rough on frames. Be sure not to use any heavy chemical cleaners at any stage of this process as they can be potentially damaging to the pictures and mats beneath the glass.

Polish the Picture Frame

Once your frames are shined up, grab a bottle of glass cleaner - or, better yet - a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar. Dampen a cloth with your solution and carefully polish the glass, being sure to wipe it completely clean. Resist the urge to spray cleaner directly onto the glass, which can inadvertently slip past the frame edge and down onto your picture as well. Resist the urge to spray your kids too, even if they've got a little grime that could stand to be removed.

Inspect the Picture Frame

Once you've finished with the glass, take a good look at the frame from all angles. Sometimes changing your perspective will allow you to see things you may have missed before. Repeat the cleaning if necessary, re-hang or re-shelve your frame, and move on to the next one. Unless you've only got one picture, in which case I hope it's of John Travolta from his disco days.

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