Safely and Effectively Cleaning Architectural and Indoor Signs

At many businesses, the organization and effectiveness is often initially judged based on the cleanliness of the surroundings. When we see a clean and well kept foyer, we naturally assume that the occupants of the rest of the space take great care and pride in what they do.

Although many businesses are aware of this and go to great lengths to make sure to keep their building clean, an often overlooked part of cleaning is the signs mounted both inside and outside of a building. This is a problem because although employees know where they are going and hardly notice the signs, they are the area most focused on by new customers, especially those looking to find their way.

With this in mind, using the following tips will help your company to safely and effectively clean your signs and as a result, always put your best foot forward.

Indoor Signs

The nice part about indoor signs is that they are typically pretty easy to clean. For signs made of acrylic it is best to just use a soft damp cloth and gently wipe them off. Acrylic can scratch easily, so it’s important not to use harsher rags or ones that have been used to clean other surfaces. For glass signs, Windex and a cloth or paper towels should do the trick, or else a tablespoon of ammonia mixed with a liter of water and put in a spray bottle will also get the job done.

Safety tip: When working with ammonia or other harsh chemicals, you should be sure to wear rubber gloves and open windows in the area you are working so that the fumes are properly ventilated.

Outdoor Signs

Because they typically face a harsher environment, simply using a rag will often not be enough to give your outdoor signs a good cleaning.

Supplies Needed: hose, dish detergent, bucket, ladder, trigger nozzle, some sort of solvent (nail polish remover can often do the trick)

Mix 3 gallons of warm water with 1 cup of dish detergent in your bucket. Scrub the sign using the sponge and the soapy water, making sure to work into crevices where dirt and debris can get caught. If there are any particularly troublesome stains, the nail polish remover is an effective way to remove them.

General tip: Installing high quality signs will greatly reduce the time necessary for cleaning and upkeep.

Safety tip: When using a ladder to reach higher outdoor signs, it is best to have a second person hold the ladder for stability.

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