Fine art restoration and cleaning service
The Nigel Greaves Gallery offers a no obligation quotation on any restoration or cleaning work when paintings are brought into the gallery. Home visits can be arranged and are charged at a standard fee of £35 for visits within 15 miles of the gallery. Further distances are quoted accordingly.
Paintings and their frames always present themselves with different requirements for restoration or cleaning therefore each work is very carefully evaluated.
Before cleaning is undertaken
Close examination is carried out to ascertain the appropriate procedure and ultimate treatment. Only the surface contamination is removed in order to reveal the original quality of the pigment. Contamination usually forms on paintings from smoking, solid fuel fires and general atmospheric pollution. Great care is exercised in order to remove it.
Solvents are never ever used to clean paintings.
In severe cases there may be holes or if the picture is torn we use special techniques to repair the surface that very often involve completely relining the painting with a fine linen canvas. When repainting is required, we use the finest pigments available to match the original whilst using traditional techniques. We will always advise if varnishing is required.
Your paintings will be enjoyed far more when they are restored to their original glory!