Why it is Important to Properly Frame Your Diploma

When it comes to framing, few people properly frame the most important thing in their professional life, their college diploma.  As a matter of fact, a lot of people overpay when they buy the off-the-shelf frame at the college book store because it was quick, yet expensive…for the quality they received.

One would figure if you put in several long hard years, as well as many the many thousands of dollars, the graduate would proudly display their achievement in his/her office.  Given this, one should take the necessary steps to ensure the matting, glazing and backing all have preservation elements to protect the diploma for longevity.  Virtually all of the college stores offer frames with no form of conservation treatment.  The glass is either regular commercial grade, or at best a lesser form of UV protection.  This is important to protect the diploma from fading or toning over time.

The matting needs to be made of 100% cotton rag.  This is an inert material that is stable in its truest form without reacting to the environment, causing what is termed “mat burn”.  This refers to the perimeter of staining on the diploma form contact with wood pulp mats.  Regardless of the processes used, any mats that are not made of cotton, will eventually break down and cause bleeding of the contaminants onto the diploma.  Why is this?  Because environmental factors such as heat, light and humidity (and pollution) will interact with the matting and cause it to break down, no matter how it is treated.

My belief is since you are going to frame your diploma once, it should be done properly to last a long time.

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