Vintage tin signs are a popular item that many people enjoy collecting because of their beauty and durability. If you purchased an antique sign that used to advertise a product, learn how to clean it with the following steps. Once the sign's beauty has been restored, proudly display it in your home and enjoy looking at it each day.
Materials To Use
Remove Dust And Stains From The Sign's Surface
Place the sign on a newspaper-covered table. Remove loose dust and cobwebs from the sign with a feather duster. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe off one side of the sign's surface. If any grease stains or fingerprints are on the sign, pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol or white vinegar on a clean cloth. Firmly move the cloth back and forth over each area that needs to be treated. Use a soft cloth because abrasive cleaning tools could leave marks in the tin's surface. Carefully flip the sign over and remove dust and stains with the same steps.
Wash And Display The Sign
Eliminate any residue that remains on the sign's surface with soapy water and a sponge. Rinse the sponge out well with plain water and move it over the sign one more time. Carefully pat the sign dry with a soft towel.
Hang the sign in an area in your home that is well-ventilated and dry. Avoid placing the sign in an area where it will be directly exposed to the sun's rays. Humid weather conditions can cause the tin to rust and the sun's rays may fade the colors that were used to create a picture on the sign. One option to consider is placing the sign in a curio cabinet and purchasing a small light to place inside of it so that you can draw attention to the sign, while keeping it protected.
Keep The Sign Maintained
Dust the sign regularly to prevent dirty buildup and to eliminate cobwebs. Wipe the sign off with a damp cloth and dry it immediately afterwards with a dry cloth to remove any fine particles from the sign's surface. These steps will keep the sign in excellent shape and will prevent you from needing to complete detailed cleaning steps in the future. If you care for the sign regularly, it will also retain its value.
For a sign manufacturer, contact a company such as Cardinal Sign.
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