Signage can provide many benefits for businesses in all industries. In order to make the most of those benefits and reap the best return on investment; however, business owners need to know how to maintain their signs. As is the case with a home, appliance, or vehicle, signs must be maintained on a regular basis to retain their beauty and functionality. Regular sign maintenance will help businesses to present the best image while also making the most of their investment.
How to Clean Signs
Maintenance for signs begins with understanding what to avoid when cleaning a sign. Signs should never be cleaned with the following:
• Abrasive cloths
• Scrub brushes
• High-pressure washers
Any of the above items will likely cause more harm than good to a sign.
Signs should be checked on a regular basis for any broken or loose fittings. In the event any fittings are loose, they should be repaired promptly. Larger signs also need attention, even if it means using a bucket truck or ladder to complete the examination and necessary repairs.
Lighted signs should be inspected to check for burned out bulbs, dimmed neon, or faulty LEDs. While an illuminated sign can quickly get attention, this also means that any malfunction is also readily noticeable. Regular checks will ensure this does not become a problem.
In examining signs, business owners should always look for signs of corrosion. Rust not only makes for an unsightly sign, but it can also eat away at the structure of a sign, making it necessary to replace the sign earlier than intended.
Cleaning Schedule for Signs
On average, indoor signs should be cleaned once every three months. Quarterly cleaning will help to ensure signs maintain their beauty while eliminating the potential for damage. Signs should be cleaned with a soft cotton cloth or paper towel.
Monument and pylon signs require regular landscaping. This will help to ensure they look their best while also mitigating the potential for damage from trimmers and mowers. Overgrown tree limbs, shrubs, and foliage should be trimmed regularly to prevent signs from being obscured from view.
Storing Seasonal Signs
Some signs are not always on display year-round. This is often true of seasonal signs. Event and seasonal banners and signs should always be stored in a dry location located out of direct sunlight. The signs should be allowed to dry thoroughly before they are either rolled up or stored flat.
Maintenance for signs does take some time and effort, but it more than pays off by protecting a business owner’s investment in their signage.