How to Rescue Hurricane and Water Damaged Artwork: A Practical Guide

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Free online guide for Homeowners, Insurers and caretakers of Collections gives valuable tips on how to preserve damaged artwork and documents until it can be handled by a conservation professional. No special knowledge, or equipment is required and the tips can help save much irreplaceable artwork if performed without delay.

In the wake of the recent series of hurricane strikes in Florida and South-East USA, ConservArt, Inc. ( has published a list of detailed directions on how to save damaged works of art. No special knowledge, or equipment is required and the tips can help save much irreplaceable artwork if performed without delay.

"Simple but specific information about what can and should be done with artwork and collectibles following a flood or other disaster is very difficult to find," said George Schwartz, Director and Senior Conservator at ConservArt. "People are overwhelmed by many pressing issues and wrongly assume that there is nothing that they themselves can do to save their belongings."

"For emergency salvage information to be useful, it must be specific, simple to follow and should not call for exotic equipment, materials, or processes," Schwartz continued. "The ready availability of clear and detailed directions will empower people to take those crucial steps immediately, instead of waiting until it’s too late," he concluded.

By having detailed information, homeowners can overcome the natural concern and try to save their valuables. Early action will lead to preserving many more irreplaceable works of art, family photographs and collectibles and help prevent further deterioration caused by water and mildew.

The suggestions contained in ConservArt’s Guide will greatly benefit caretakers of collections, owners of damaged valuables as well as Insurance Companies and result in the survival of more precious belongings, while reducing claims.

About ConservArt, Inc.

Founded in 1951, ConservArt has been established with the specific mission of providing treatment and consultation services in the field of conservation, with a particular emphasis on fine art. Paintings, works on paper, as well as their frames, constitute the majority of the objects treated. ConservArt is a multi-disciplinary conservation resource providing ethical art restoration, conservation treatment, consulting and exhibit framing services for individuals, Museums and Galleries. Services are available to governmental agencies, universities, museums and art galleries, historical societies, archives, libraries, private, corporate and public collections, insurance companies and adjusters, as well as private individuals. References are available upon request.


George Schwartz, Senior Conservator

ConservArt, Inc.,

Tel.:(561) 482-7292

Fax: (561 482-6787

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