If you're keeping your print for a while before framing I would suggest following the process that I do.
It's a bit tedious and I find it works well...
- Have a flat area to work with the print
- Vacuum/clean up as much dust from the area as possible. Large clean tables are good or if on the floor lay down a large piece of clean bubble wrap if possible on top of the wooden floor or carpet to reduce dust.
- Clean your hands to reduce oils (better still use Nitrile Disposable Gloves Powder Free) as hand oils will mark the print
- Put it flat, inside a large folded piece of cardboard, or sandwiched in between 2 equal-sized pieces of cardboard. Note the cardboard should be larger than the print to protect it.
- Gently unroll the paper print via the edges (Do not touch the print as this will damage it).
- Use about 4 heavy books on the edges to hold parts of it flat while you unroll it slowly bit by bit weighing those edges down by the books.
- Make sure there is protective paper (tissue paper for example) laying on top of the face of the print (unroll print face up with the protective paper on top).
- Store it with a protective piece of paper covering the face of the image to prevent dust and scratching. Museum archival prints are very very delicate.
- Once the print is inside the enclosed cardboard.
- Tape the edges of the cardboard closed as this will make the cardboard more ridged.
- And then you can keep that lying down or leaning up against a wall in a safe area where it won’t get bumped or bent.
- During the process, if you see any dust specs that have landed on the face of the image, PLEASE DO NOT use your hand to wipe it. The hand has oils and will also press the grain of the paper flat which will cause DAMAGE. Rather, gently wipe it off using a clean fine soft-bristle paintbrush. Or leave it and wait for the framer to remove the dust with their specialty dry airbrush.
- If you need help call up the local framer who will be able to help you with this process