HOW TO CLEAN, PRESERVE AND SAVE THE PUZZLES
There you are, an almost finished puzzle in front of you and a lot of pieces to place on your right. The image that a few weeks ago could not even be intuited, now it appears almost completely before your eyes. This piece over here. This one with this side up here and finally the last piece! Placed. You have completed the puzzle! You smile with satisfaction for a few moments, you let that sense of challenge overcome you get in your head and then you panic. What do I do now with the puzzle? Dismantling it is NOT an option.
In this post we are going to give you some tips that will be useful to you at this moment in your passionate puzzle story. Pay attention.
The simplest thing is that you disassemble it (calm down, do it only in a few parts and large enough so that you can easily rebuild it later) and put it back in its box. You can put paper between the layers of the puzzle so that they do not stick together and, incidentally, add one of those bags of silica gel balls that you find inside the newly purchased shoe boxes; This will prevent moisture from damaging the parts .
If you chop the puzzle, even in large parts, it doesn’t fit into your plans, then your alternatives are either to paste it or roll it up . In this post you can see more details about the paste and the framing, but if you have little space and that is not a viable possibility, another practical way to preserve your work is to roll the puzzle on itself with the help of a specific mat for this end. You can get it at a specialized store or do it yourself using a felt mat . It is simple, economical, practical and takes up little space.
Now you know how to keep your finished puzzle and you may have even come up with some ideas to use as a decorative piece in your home , but what if you have to keep it disassembled or have to store it for a while and when you take it out it has a certain smell to mold or moisture? Or what do you do if you think about the best way to preserve your puzzle, it gets stained? How can you clean it without damaging it?
Well, the first thing you can try is to rub it carefully with a dry cloth , but depending on the type of stain, this will not work. So what?
Here is a trick that works well but we advise you to try carefully first with a puzzle that has little sentimental value or in a little visible area just in case it doesn’t work as you expect. It’s about using a spray odor eliminator , you know, something similar to this product. This trick serves both to clean the boxes and for the pieces and puzzles, and all you have to do is: spray a thin layer over the entire surface and quickly remove it with absorbent paper towels. You can use the product both on the face where the image is printed and on the back of the pieces. In the latter case, it will seem to you that the material has been stained but you will see how the ‘stain’ disappears quickly once it dries. Once this is done, we recommend that you put the puzzle in the sun or expose it to a heat source to accelerate the drying and evaporation process. And voilà! Clean and odorless puzzle.