Engraved SignHaving brass engraved office signs can help give your company the professional and sophisticated air you want it to have. These are relatively easy to design and are also rather easy to install. Also, with the right maintenance, these signs can look as good as new for a very long time.

How does one help keep brass engraved office signs looking as good as the day they were first installed? Here are some tips and tricks you might want to try:

  • 1. Make sure that the sign you are cleaning is really brass. Some signs that are said to be brass are often brass plated or painted to look like brass. To help you determine whether a sign is indeed made of brass, get yourself a magnet and hold this up to the sign. If the magnet sticks to the sign, it is not a pure brass sign and could be one that is plated to look like brass. If the magnet does not stick to it, then you do have a brass sign.
  • 2. Next, you will need to prepare your materials for cleaning. Since brass does not rust, you can clean these signs with the use of water and mild soap. Do not use harsh chemicals or cleaning solutions since these will strip brass of its natural shine. You will need a half teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid mixed with a cup of lukewarm or warm water, plain warm water and a couple of soft, clean cloth rags. You will also need some vinegar, a wooden cuticle stick, brass polish and auto wax.
  • 3. First thing you will need to do is to clean out the insides of the engraved elements of your sign. To do this, you will need to wrap the tip of your cuticle stick with a clean piece of soft cloth. Dip this in your soapy solution and start cleaning out the letters and pictograms of your sign. If there are greasy areas that are rather difficult to clean out with the soapy solution, try dipping the stick in vinegar and doing the same thing. Once the engraved parts are cleaned out, wrap the tip of the stick with a clean piece of cloth, dip this in water and repeat the procedure. Repeat the same procedure this time with a dry piece of cloth.
  • 4. The outer surface of your sign should be cleaned with a damp clean soft rag dipped in the same soapy solution. Wipe the soapy solution off with a clean damp rag and finally with a dry one.
  • 5. Get your brass polish, and place a small dollop on a dry, clean rag. Apply the polish over your sign evenly. Buff the sign after applying the polish. If you wish to do the same to the engravings, do so by using the cuticle stick trick again.

6. Once your brass sign is cleaned and polished, apply a thin coat of auto wax on it and buff again. The auto wax will leave a protective coating on your sign to help keep it from tarnishing and from needing a good cleaning for a few weeks or months.