How to Clean Etched Nameplates According to Metal Type

Cleaning etched metal nameplates

Etched nameplates, or any other metal nameplate for that matter, need to be cleaned regularly to keep them from deteriorating and looking dull over time. How you clean these should be dependent on the kind of metal these are made of. Cleaning any metal item the wrong way, even if these are considered tarnish and rust proof, may damage them and make them look dull and lackluster.

There are four kinds of metals usually utilized when etched nameplates are made, and these are stainless steel, aluminum, bronze and brass. To clean each one, you can actually use plain old soap and water, if all you need to remove is oil, dirt, and dust. After you clean these metals, you can then buff these back to a shiny finish. If these are rather dirty and need to be scrubbed, you will need to use a variety of items to clean these effectively.

Aluminum – for aluminum nameplates, you should use a dishwashing soap to remove the surface dirt. This will remove any deep seated and greasy dirt from the metal. Next, you will need to slice a lemon then dip the sliced side into some salt. Use this to scrub the surface of your aluminum metal plate. Wipe this off with a damp clean rag, then buff off the surface with a clean, dry cloth.

Stainless Steel – for stainless steel metal plates, you need to clean these first with a grease-removing dishwashing soap. Once you have cleaned the surface with this soapy cleaning substance, you should wipe this off with a clean, damp piece of cloth. If the dirt on the steel is difficult to remove, you might want to add a bit of ammonia to your soapy solution. Repeat this process until the metal is clean. When you wipe your metal plates off, make sure to follow the grain of the metal. Do not wipe this in a circular manner.

Brass – to clean brass plates, use the same method as aluminum, by using soap and water to remove the greasy and grimy dirt from the metal surface. You can then wipe the metal off with a damp, clean cloth. You should then wipe off the metal with a dry piece of cloth before you start to polish the metal. If you do not have brass metal polish, you can use toothpaste to polish it off. You can also mix together flour and white vinegar to make a brass metal polish.

Bronze – for bronze plates, you can clean these with the help of a mixture made out of vinegar, flour, and salt. Place this mixture on the surface of your plates and let it sit on the metal plate for half an hour. Wipe this off thoroughly with the use of a damp piece of cloth and buff off with a dry clean piece afterwards.

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