How to Make Your Metal Nameplates Last Longer

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Ordering metal nameplates for your tagging needs usually means you need tough and highly durable tags for your needs. While metal nameplates are indeed a good idea if you are looking for a tag that can last longer than other types of tag materials, these do deteriorate over time. If you know how to properly care for your tags, and know what to do to help keep them from deteriorating too fast, you can keep these as usable and as beneficial to your company as possible for a longer time.

What do you do to help make these tags last longer? Here are some tips and tricks you might want to keep in mind:

Keep your metal nameplates clean – in order to do this, you will need to have a maintenance schedule. Much like everything around you, these tags also deteriorate when neglected and left to get dirty. Try to clean these at least once or twice a month, and weekly if ever these are constantly exposed to dirt and grime.

Use the right cleaning agents for your metal tags – while these are indeed metal, and are considered very durable, there are some cleaning agents that may harm the surface of these tags. Abrasive cleaning agents and scouring powders should not be used on these. Instead, in order to remove the dirt and the grime that can be found on these tags, use a mild dishwashing detergent that is diluted in some warm water to remove any greasy dirt on them.

Do not use abrasive cleaning materials – as with cleaning agents, you should also choose your cleaning materials carefully for your metal tags. Scouring pads, rough cloths, and hard brushes should be avoided since these can scratch the surface of your metal nameplates. Use soft bristled brushes, if you need to scrub the nooks and crannies of your tags. Use a soft cloth, preferably micro fiber, when wiping these down as well to avoid scratching as well.

Have a protective substrate added to your metal tags – while metal tags are durable, it won’t hurt to add another layer of toughness to your metal nameplates by having a clear substrate added to its surface. One thing you can consider would be to turn these into domed tags to add not only a durable top layer but to give it an added boost in the looks department.

Try not to expose these to the elements – one of the draws of using metal nameplates is its durability and ability to withstand rough conditions and inclement weather. If it is at all possible, try to find a way to not expose these tags too much to such destructive forces in order to make these last longer. If this is unavoidable, the protective substrate idea may be a huge help in keeping these looking as good as new.

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