4 Ways to Repair Damaged Framed Antique Maps

Antique maps are often used to decorate living rooms and bedrooms, but they are just as vulnerable to damage as other forms of print. If you have found an antique map that has a lot of damage, such as insect damage, or it has been affected by water, then you need to repair your framed antique maps. You can do this easily so long as you remember that you are dealing with something which has been antiqued, and therefore needs to be treated carefully.

1. Age Damage

The most serious problem that can effect framed antique maps is simply age. Maps which have been exposed to daylight for many years may start fading, You cannot really alter fading, and instead you should move the map to a more protected area. If you have hung the map in a hallway, or somewhere which is lit for most of the day, then you should consider using a smoked or tinted glass to protect the map. These can be purchased from framing shops.

2. Dirt and Debris

Antique maps may also suffer from dirt and debris accumulated over the years. Start by cleaning the frame using a stiff brush, spreading out a few layers of newspaper on the table, and brushing the frame over this. Move the brush quickly over the surface of the frame, moving any dirt onto the newspapers. This will allow you to get a cleaner frame. Use a slightly damp paper towel to wipe over the surface of the glass. This should give it a better appearance. You can then remove the back of the frame, and take out the map and backing board.

3. Water Damage

If the antique maps themselves have been damaged by water, you need to remove these as quickly as possible. Make two pieces of blotting foam damp, and allow the sides of the foam to dry. Place the map between them, and then use wooden boards to press the blotters down. You should then use either pipe clamps or weights on the boards to squeeze the map between the blotters. Leave the map there overnight, and then remove the clamps. Examine your map, and if it is still damaged, replace it between the blotters for another day.

4. Insect Damage or Holes

If you have had insects attack the frame or the antique maps, or holes have appeared for another reason, you need to repair this quickly. To repair the frame, you should use wood putty to cover over any holes, leaving it to dry overnight before refitting the maps. To fix the map, you need to examine the extent of the damage. Check to make sure that there are no insects still present on the map. You can then use a gluten-free adhesive to repair any holes. For pieces of the map which have come away from the backer board, use glue smoothed along the surface of the paper, and then press the map down into the board. Wipe off any excess glue using paper tissues.