Conservation Cleaning involves the identification of the appropriate agent or
solvent for cleaning the surface and substrate of artwork. Paintings and prints
on canvas or paper whose medium is oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolor or gouache
and prints utilizing photography, silkscreen, lithography and etching all
require different techniques and materials for proper cleaning that will not
damage the underlying artwork.
Restoration involves the repair of tears, blisters and flakes of
paintings and prints surfaces, the relining of fragile or heavily damaged canvas
and the filling and in-painting of damaged or missing areas. The removal and
reapplication of varnishes is part of the restoration process.