After reading this article, you will know:
· The simple secret to extending the life of your custom outdoor sign by years
· What happens to one that is neglected and how to avoid those problems
· How to clean one and how often to do so to ensure that it looks brand-new for years to come
You spend time and money creating the perfect outdoor sign and you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible .
The single best way to make your outdoor sign last is by cleaning it regularly.
What is "regularly?" It's not like you have to take a giant power washer to your sign daily. But, like cars, signs get dirty just sitting around. Think about it. Your outdoor sign is bombarded daily with things like dirt, harsh winds, rain, mud, even bird poop! A regular monthly cleaning will do wonders to return your sign to the bright, polished beacon it should be.
Regularly clearing your sign is the key to making it last years longer. If you neglect to clean your outdoor sign from time to time, dirt and crime will build up …
… And buildup makes it almost impossible to clean your sign without using something so strong that it will ruin your sign.
Imagine your car sitting by the road for a year – or even six months. What would it look like? It would be splattered with mud, covered in bird poop and caked with dirt and grime. Now, if your outdoor sign looked like that do you think people would pay attention to it? Maybe, but not in a good way.
So what should you use to clean your outdoor sign?
Mildly soapy water is all you need to keep your sign looking shiny and new. Do not use anything stronger, as it could easily erode the sign materials. Simply wipe your sign gently, making sure to get in the small crevices and corners. And be sure to use a very soft cotton towel, steering clear of paper towels, which can be too rough.
Do you have vinyl lettering or graphics on your windows or doors? For vinyl graphics, Windex is safe to use. Just be gentle. And do not use it on decals – Windex is for vinyl graphics only.
That's all it takes!
So protect your investment by cleaning it regularly. Your outdoor sign is there to make you money, but you'll just end up spending more to replace it if you neglect it for too long. Just fifteen minutes once a month will ensure that your sign is bright, appealing and attractive.
… So remember: A clean sign lasts longer!
by Kara Klein