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Only Artcare mats and mounts offer enduring protection

Inferior mounting and framing materials are responsible for more damage to pictures than previously thought. Pictures such as photos, drawings and watercolours can be damaged irreparably by direct contact with unsuitable framing materials. Unprofessional restoration, poor technique and materials, incorrect storage and display can lead to permanent damage.

Frames are dangerous!

A picture frame is not a vacuum, it is a microclimate that is susceptible to damage from airborne pollutants which can damage the picture. The small amount of alkaline buffers present in conventional mats and mounts are unable to absorb these pollutants. The commonly used buffer calcium carbonate ensures the mat or mount has a neutral pH but this does not actively protect the picture. The specially designed synthetic Zeolites used in Artcare mounts and mats work to actively absorb and protect the art from airborne damage.

MicroChamber technology

MicroChamber technology – what is it?

The introduction of Zeolites is described scientifically as MicroChamber technology. The use of this technology in conjunction with paper production is a revolution of technical progress for picture framing and archiving. For the first time, mats and mounting boards are not only age resisting by themselves, but most importantly they actively absorb the most common harmful pollutants in the ambient air.

Graphic impression of a Zeolite

Zeolites – inspiration from nature!

Zeolite is a natural mineral discovered 250 years ago. Zeolites have a crystal structure with a very large surface area. This gives them a nearly endless capacity to keep absorbing harmful substances. Bainbridge uses a special synthetic Zeolite in Artcare boards and mounts which absorbs pollutants present in the microclimate of the framed picture. Because of this incredible capacity to absorb pollutants, Zeolites are also used for water filtration, in detergents and for air filter systems.

Graphic impression of a Zeolite. Source: C. Baerlocher/ laboratory for crystallography ETHZ