Cleaning ADA Braille Signs

Cleaning signs that have smooth surfaces is easy enough to do. All you need are clean rags, a non-abrasive cleaning solution, some warm water and you are good to go. When it comes to ADA Braille signs however, you have to contend with raised letters and dots that may collect dust and dirt around them.

To effectively clean your ADA Braille signage, you will need to have a few other cleaning tools on hand. You might also need to get a bit of elbow grease into the process, should these be dirtier than expected. To help you with this task, here are some tips that may prove useful:

-      Use a wooden cuticle stick to remove dirt and grime stuck in the grooves of the tactile letters and in between the Braille dots. Dirt and dust can accumulate in these areas if these are not cleaned carefully. With the tip of a wooden cuticle stick, you can remove any of the dirt found in these grooves. Careful that you don’t scratch the surface of the sign though.

-      Cotton tips can also be used to clean dirt that is found in grooves and small spaces on Braille signs. If you cannot find a wooden cuticle stick, cotton tips can be used for this same purpose. You can dip these in a cleaning agent if you want to in order to get hard-to-remove dirt from these spaces.

-      Use a cleaner that is compatible with your custom sign’s material. If your sign is made of plastic, find a cleaning agent that is gentle on plastic but tough on dirt. Do the same for signs that are made with metal and wood.

-      Do not use harsh and rough cleaning tools and agents. These may remove the dirt on your signs but will also damage these in the process. Examples of what you should not use on your ADA sign cleaning tasks are steel brushes, steel wool, harsh chemicals and acids.

-      Try to be firm yet gentle when cleaning your signs. This means that you can exert a bit of pressure when needed but not too much so as to prevent any damage to your signs.

-      Make sure that your signs are thoroughly dried after cleaning with wet agents. Dry these off with soft, clean rags in order to prevent dust from sticking to the wet spots as well as to prevent any tarnish from developing.