Art Restoration & Document Recovery in Chicago
Arts & Document Recovery Services Provided by Brouwer Brothers Steamatic
Work with Brouwer Brothers Steamatic to restore priceless artwork and enjoy reliable document restoration. Whether your essential documents were damaged in a fire or your artwork was exposed to high moisture levels, turn to our reliable art restoration Chicago services today.
Brouwer Brothers Steamatic can provide complete art and fine collectibles restoration through The Conservation Center. Services available through our partnership with TCC include:
- Paintings Conservation: Conservation of works of art on paper, canvas, photography, textiles, and murals.
- Furniture and Decorative Objects Conservation: Includes rare books, sculptures, frames, and gilded objects, antiques, and fine furniture.
- Transportation and installation services
- Disaster response services
- On-site assessments by TCC personnel
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Document Recovery Services
Books, valuable papers, and other important documents are not usually a total loss following fire or water damage. Brouwer Brothers Steamatic is a leader in critical document recovery service and provides true vacuum freeze-drying, fumigation, deodorization, and reproduction services. Our regionally located freeze-dry chambers can restore and preserve everything from medical records to historical documents and bound volumes.
Our Art Restoration Process
The art restoration process requires specialized tools and techniques. Unlike art conservation, restoration involves correcting subtle, moderate, or extreme damage to a painting or other artwork after a tragic event. This could be a sudden event like a fire or a long-term event, like exposure to high moisture levels. Here are some common environmental factors that we can handle when restoring your art:
We use a wide range of restoration techniques to restore your art. The embrittled paper requires rehydration, so we carefully support it with specialized tissues and add the correct amount of moisture to reduce cracking without encouraging mold growth.
Too much moisture needs to be dried out to prevent mold damage. If mold or mildew has already formed, our cleaning techniques halt growth and remove marks and stains related to this damage.
Old artwork is commonly folded and improperly stored for years before a new owner recognizes its value. We use a controlled humidification process to unfold artwork carefully and reverse the fold lines to minimize or completely remove them.
In extreme situations, torn artwork may even be repaired. Ask about reweaving and pigment replacement services to restore art that has faced severe damage.
Similar to restoration, art conservation is the act of preserving art for years to come. If your painting or photography doesn’t need to be repaired but needs to be kept for generations to come, conservation services can help. Ask our team about tips and services that extend your painting’s lifetime and avoid molding, fading, cracking, or other damage. Contact us for more information about oil painting restoration and other art and document services.
OTHER RESTORATION SERVICES
When disaster strikes, Brouwer Brothers Steamatic understands that you just want to get your life back to normal. Our normal business hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and we are available 24/7 to respond to your emergency.