Maintaining Masterful Collections


From watches to wine, you’ve worked hard to build your collections. The last thing you’d want is to see any harm done to the things you hold close, especially if the damage could’ve been prevented. It’s imperative to have a great coverage plan, but another form of “coverage” involves setting yourself up with a preventative and smart action plan for the general upkeep and maintenance of your items. Today, we’re breaking down some of our best tips for maintaining your collections and keeping them all in sterling condition. Read on and learn more about our insurance offerings here: https://kellyklee.com/.

Cars

  • When it comes to a carwash, don’t go just anywhere. Depending on the make, model, age, and wax, your average trip to the wash might do some real damage to your car. Find places that specialize in luxury or vintage cars, as they’ll take extra care when it comes to the cleaning, and will also use safe, less-abrasive soaps and methods of washing that are as gentle as they are effective.
  • You should wax your car every quarter. A fresh wax will not only protect your car from the elements, but will also preserve that new-car look and shine. Think of it as an instant facelift. 
  • Did you know you should replace your air filter every 12 months? This 10 minute, 10 buck upgrade is seldom ever done, but makes a gigantic difference to your car’s (and your lungs’!) overall health.

Watches

  • Many of the most avid collectors don’t know this fact, but you should avoid magnets, especially near the face of your watch, at all costs. Often, a magnet can alter and negatively affect the internal mechanics of your timepiece.
  • You should be servicing your watch every two or three years, regardless of what your warranty might state. Regular check-ups will make sure your watch stays in tip-top shape. Because you can’t always see the internal mechanics of your watch (and you’re probably not an expert horologist!), you can’t always tell if something might be out of sorts, or on it’s way to it. Especially if you have a self-winding watch, make sure everything is still running smoothly every so often. 
  • Keep your timepiece wound and well-running. Even though modern lubricants are long-lasting, they do dry over time. This can slow down, or even ruin the workings of your watch. What winding will do is help move around and spread the lubricants, helping them last a little longer.

Art

  • If you have many pieces or just one that is very important, consider meeting with a conservation consultant. They will be able to identify vulnerabilities in your pieces, as well as inform you of any potential issues that might need to be addressed presently or a bit further down the road.
  • Pay attention to the frame. Often neglected and overshadowed by the artwork it surrounds, the frame is equally as important to protect. Make sure the frame is secure and is being dusted on a routine basis to ensure that the art within it doesn’t get ruined. This is especially critical if your frame is original to the piece.
  • Install UV films over your windows. If you have art hanging in a room with a window, you should take this precaution, even if that room doesn’t get a whole lot of light! UV films are completely invisible and have no effect on the window, but completely block harmful rays that can alter the color of a priceless piece.

Antiques

  • Just like you should protect your artwork by installing UV films over your windows, the same should be done if you have antiques. The sun can heavily damage and discolor any array of delicate heirlooms.
  • Keep the temperature and humidity of your home well-regulated. Rapid changes in temperature and humidity can ruin or warp any number of pieces. Especially important if you have wooden antiques; wood can often dry out and crack.
  • If you’re re-locating one of your pieces, be mindful that the object may be much weaker than it appears. Pick up the object as low as possible on the base and apply even pressure to avoid especially weak spots. If you are nervous or if it’s a big move, hire an expert service to help you do the moving. There are many companies out there who specialize in moving high-value pieces that have the proper tools and training to do so!

Wine

  • Know when to hold and when to fold! Not all wines get better with age. Vinos like rosés, vermouths, moscatos, sherrys and nouveau wines are usually not improved with extra time in your cellar. That said, wines that do get better with age include Pinot Noir, Syrah, Riesling, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Keeping on top of your consumption and what you are choosing to age will help you cut the risk of opening a less-than-satisfactory bottle.
  • Keep track of your inventory. While the whole point of a collection is to collect, if you have more wine than you know what to do with, chances are, you will miss out or forget about gems lurking around. When a cellar becomes full to the point where it is harder to manage, it can be that wines are regularly getting past their best before being opened. 
  • Keep your wine racked. This will help deflect sediment from lingering around and causing a problem.
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