Are Etched Nameplates Easy to Maintain?

BY Rowena Taylor

Cleaning Etched Metal Nameplates

As with anything that you acquire for your business, etched nameplates need to have a set maintenance plan in place to enable you to extend it usability and durability. While these metal nameplates are essentially durable enough to withstand certain conditions, keeping these well maintained will help save you money in the long run. With this in mind, are maintenance plans for etched nameplates, and anything that is etched for that matter, easy to do?

Etching is a marking medium that creates recessed and raised parts in the surface of the material this is used on. Etching is often used to mark metals, and sometimes glass. With this knowledge, you can then easily see that in order for you to keep these plates clean, you have to account for the differences in the levels found on the surface of these plates. This means you cannot do a once-over with a rag and consider the maintenance work needed for these plates to be done just like that.

In order for you to properly maintain your etched nameplates, there are a number of considerations that need to be made. Aside from the need to get into those nooks and crannies that these metal nameplates have in order to thoroughly clean them, you also need to look at the material used to create these plates. Different kinds of metals require different cleaning methods in order to maintain their original look, as well as to keep these from deteriorating sooner than expected.

While most metal nameplates are made using various tarnish and corrosion resistant metals, not all of these metals can withstand the same kinds of conditions as well as chemicals these may be exposed to. Some of these metals may react more adversely to specific substances than most. For example, stainless steel and bronze may have the same level of resistance to alcoholic substances, but when it comes to ammonia, stainless steel can easily withstand the corrosive capabilities of such a fluid, but bronze should be kept away from it.

With that said, you should then be careful with what cleaning agents you use on your etched metal nameplates. Find out first what chemicals are in your commercial cleaners before using these on your plates. Or, better yet, try to use a mild yet effective cleaner on your nameplates in order to protect the integrity and durability of these items, and to prolong their usability.

It is also important that you know what materials to use when cleaning these plates. Some rags may have rather rough textures that may scratch or damage the surface of your metal nameplates. Try to use a micro-fiber cloth when cleaning your etched plates, and try to do so with a firm but rather gentle hand to avoid the possibility of scratches due to dust particles and sand that may find its way onto your rags or the surface of these plates.

As for the cleaning of the nooks and crannies of these etched nameplates, one of the safest tools you can use to gouge out the dust and grime that may find its way into the recessed parts of your plates is a wooden cuticle stick. These are solid enough to be used to try and gouge out tough dirt in these grooves, but soft and smooth enough to not scratch the metal. To further help protect the surface of the metal from damage that may be caused by the use of such a gouging tool, you can wrap the tip of the stick with some cotton and dampen it a bit with your mild cleaner to make the removal of deep seated dirt easier and quicker.

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