A Beginner’s Guide to Sign Maintenance

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Maintenance is an underrated, untold hero. Maintenance is essential for maintaining the smooth running of automobiles, heavy machinery, vehicles, and other facilities. Failure to maintain means disrepair, disorder, or a shorter lifespan. A lack of maintenance on signage is like driving across the country in a broken car. You won’t get far.

A neglected sign can say a lot about your business. To keep your signage looking good and functioning properly, you will need to create a maintenance plan. To help you get started, we have created a guide for sign maintenance.

Signs Your sign requires maintenance

We know that managing a business or facility can take up a lot of your time. You should still pay attention to the hardworking signs of your business. Your business signage will soon become drab, cracked, faded, and other problems. This will reflect poorly on your business. These are signs that your business signage is in disrepair:

  • The software for digital signage has not been updated in several months or years. You should update if the last installation was done more than a year ago.
  • Broken sections are found in the sign. It could expose some parts (electronics, etc.) to the elements and cause them to malfunction.
  • Glitches in daily operations. Signs that aren’t functioning properly, such as broken text, flickering light bulbs, or fading paint will indicate a problem that is only going to get worse.
  • Statements that are out of date. Are you omitting to update the message? Are you noticing signs that are several years old? This is a sign that you have not been maintaining standard maintenance and upgrading.

Here are some quick maintenance tips for business signage

You can do some maintenance in a matter of minutes. These tips can be done in a matter of minutes. These tips will not only keep your business signage in good condition but will also last longer. These are three quick maintenance tips that you can use today:

  • Your signs’ exterior should be cleaned. Sometimes your sign doesn’t need to be repaired. It may just need a quick wipe-down. Signs that are covered with dirt, mold, and other debris could reduce the light coming through and make them look old and worn. You can give the sign a quick makeover by washing it.
  • Shade is a good idea. Although outdoor signs may be made of weather-resistant materials, that doesn’t mean they are invincible. To provide natural protection from the elements, place it in shaded areas or put up decor.
  • You can replace the lettering. No matter if you use digital signage or traditional models, the lettering may become less visible over time. Fading or missing letters can give off a negative impression so it is important to replace any old lettering as soon as possible.
  • Be sure to check the brackets. Brackets are used to attach signs to buildings. Replace them if the brackets become rusty, damaged, or loosened. It is simple to tighten nails and look for rust, but it can be difficult to deal with brackets. A sign company can help.

Do you need exterior and interior signage?

No matter where your signs are located, taking care of them is the same. Outdoor sign maintenance is different from indoor sign maintenance. This includes the cleaning products used for different materials.

These steps should be taken as routine maintenance steps.

  1. You should clean your signage exterior at least 4 times per year. Dust indoor signs and get rid of any residues. Use a damp cloth to clean the area.
  2. If you have channel letters, a non-abrasive scrubber or cloth is best for your signage.
  3. To clean outdoor and indoor signage, you only need mild soap that has been mixed with warm water. You can use car shampoo to clean some outdoor signage, such as aluminum, fiberglass, or stainless steel.
  4. Make sure to read the ingredients of your detergent before you use it.

One section at a time, clean the sign. If there are electronic components, have a professional electrician or sign tech clean out the cabinet signs.

Do not use interior and exterior signage

Here are some things that you shouldn’t do when maintaining business signage:

  • Interior signage with raised surfaces such as braille letters, symbols, or numbers should not be scrubbed as this could cause paint to wear.
  • Steel wool and abrasive scrubbers should never be used.
  • Moisture on signs can cause damage, so don’t leave it damp. Cleaning is not permitted
  • Allow liquids to dry on the sign’s surfaces.
  • Avoid industrial-strength cleaners and alcohol-based products.
  • Use a razor blade to remove residue. This could cause the paint to chip.
  • Never use a steam cleaner or pressure washer.

Get the Help You Need

Signage can be a great investment but it is important to keep it in good condition. You should now be able to maintain your signage professionally. S&S Signs is available to help you if you need it. We will clean your signs at any time you require it! Contact us today to make an appointment or talk to one of our friendly representatives.

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