Maintenance Tips and Tricks for Your Decorative Trim Plates

BY Rowena Taylor

Decorative Trim Plates Maintenance

As with any other metal item you may have, decorative trim plates need to be well maintained in order for these to last as long as you want them to. You also need to do maintenance work on these for them to retain how they look from the time you first got them. For your plates to also stay as good looking as the day when you acquired them, you will need to have a maintenance plan in place.

What exactly is a maintenance plan and what does one do with it? A maintenance plan is actually a program that is used not only on one type of plate but for all of the metal nameplates and signs that you have. This particular plan allows you to carefully monitor your acquisition, care and replacement of such metal nameplates and signs. This enables you to budget your metal nameplate purchases as well as your signage expenditures more effectively.

What should you do with a maintenance plan? When you begin a maintenance plan for your decorative trim plates, other metal nameplates, and signage, you will need to take note of when these were acquired, how much each one cost, and what these are made of. You will also need to note down where these are used and when these are to be cleaned.

When it comes to the cleaning of these metal nameplates, you will need to know what these plates are made of (hence the noting of the material used for the creation of the plate), so that you can exact the right kind of cleaning method and use the right cleaning materials on it. Some metals are rather prone to tarnish and deterioration if not cleaned properly, or if these are not cleaned using the right kind of cleaning agents.

Some metals can actually deteriorate faster if cleaned too often, or if certain cleaning materials are used on them. These may also suffer scratches and damage if not cleaned the right way or with the use of the right equipment. For you to be able to keep your decorative trim plates, and other similar items, from deteriorating faster than they should, you need to know what kinds of cleaners to avoid, how often to clean and how to properly clean them

For instance, brass is known to develop a dull look if over-polished or if you use too much metal polish on it. Aluminum on the other hand is considered an easy to maintain metal, but you need to be careful about cleaning agents that are too harsh as well. Stainless steel should also be carefully cleaned with the use of mild detergents since this is also prone to dullness and tarnish when not cleaned with the right cleaning agents.

You will also need to ensure that oils, acids and other substances that can cause your metal decorative trim plates to look dull, become tarnished, or to corrode are removed from its surface as soon as detected. Fingerprints, moisture of any kind and ammonia based cleaners need to be kept away from these plates as well. For you to do this, you will need to schedule a check of all your metal plates regularly to ensure that these are not on them. If there is evidence of such corrosive and damaging substances on your metal nameplates, remove these immediately with the use of a mild degreasing dishwasher diluted with water and wiped off immediately with a soft, clean rag. You can also use glass cleaner for this particular task.

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