Do fabric mats need spacers?

jini

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I have a black suade mat on a x-stitch that I framed several years ago and now I am noticing gunk on the inside of the glass. I know that with other fabric art you do put space between them and the glass. Do fabric mats need to be used with spacers?
 

Jana

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Do you think the gunk could be mildew? If it is mildew, spacers wouldn't prevent it.

I lived in Athens, GA once and the mildew was so prevalent in the house we rented. Ugh. No wonder my son had asthma.

I don't usually see spacers used with cloth/suede mats at other shops and it's not a practice we do, but I have sometimes wondered the same thing. I use spacers if there's a fillet involved that is higher than the mat.
 

Ray

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I have used a lot of velvet mats with no problems. However I recently did a diploma using an leather mat for the first time and within days had oily spots forming on the glass,even before the customer picked it up. I went back in and installed spacers, problem solved.
 

Greg Fremstad

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Everything needs spacers doesn't it?

The gunk is probably mold growth. Spacers will promote air circulation which helps prevent mold growth.
 
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