Clean Your Embossed Metal Plates to Keep These from Deteriorating

BY Rowena Taylor

Embossed Metal Plates

Choosing to use embossed metal plates for your needs, whether these are for decorative purposes, for signage requirements, or for other things, means that you see the great qualities of this particular material, which is why you chose it. Metals are, after all, very durable and rather decorative and attractive to look at. What you might not be aware of when you do choose embossed metal for your needs is that, in order for these to stay as durable and as good looking as the day you got them, you need to keep these clean and well maintained.

In cleaning your metal nameplates, a number of things have to be considered. For one, you will need to take into consideration what kind of metal you are cleaning. Different kinds of metal require different ways of cleaning since one type of cleaning method may work with a particular type of metal, but may render another tarnished or damaged. You should also be aware that certain cleaning materials cannot be used for some or all metals, and that tarnish can and will occur if you do not practice care when cleaning anything made out of metal, and this includes your metal nameplates.

To help you with the proper and careful cleaning of your metal plates, here are some tips that may prove useful:

  • Take care when you clean your metal nameplates – when you clean metals, there is a tendency to be rather rough on them since you are thinking that these are durable enough to withstand such handling. What you may not realize is that, despite their durability, metals are still prone to damage and scratches. You need to exercise caution when cleaning metals, but still exert enough effort to remove any tough dirt and stains on them.
  • Schedule your cleaning sessions to prevent tarnish buildup and to avoid cleaning too often as well – cleaning too often can also open your metal plates up to damage, while cleaning too sporadically can open these up to the build-up of tarnish. Make a schedule that is not too frequent and not too far apart either. Keeping your plates clean can prolong its life, but cleaning it too much may shorten such a lifespan as well.
  • Choose your cleaning agents and materials well – when you clean your metal nameplates, you need to be careful in choosing the cleaning agents that you use. While metals can withstand certain chemicals well enough, there are some that actually break down any protective layers that these may have. One example of such a solution that may remove any protective layer your metals have is acetone.
  • Coat cleaned metal after you clean it to protect it from tarnishing fast – there are actually quite a few coating options for you to choose from, with each one presenting a different level of protection. There is beeswax, lacquer, and commercially made metal coating options for you to choose from. Select the one that you feel will best suit the kind of purpose your embossed metal plates are made for. For example, it might not be a good idea to coat your embossed serving trays with beeswax, but it might be a good idea to use commercial coatings for this.

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