Keep Your Metal Nameplates Looking Sharp - Easy Tips for Cleaning the Top 3 Material Types for Metal Nameplates and Metal Tags
If you're a business that utilizes metal tags or metal plates in some area of your operation, then you're going to eventually need to know how to care for and clean them properly. It's just a fact of life, stuff gets dirty over time. That fact is amplified when that stuff is in an environment like your industry.
Maybe you use your metal nameplates in your office area, adhering them to doors or displaying them in plaques on desktops. Perhaps you make use of your custom metal tags to label or identify different assets in your workflow process that need identification. Or, maybe you put your custom metal nameplates or metal tags to use in one of the countless other possible ways they can be efficiently utilized to improve your business. Regardless, however you use your metal nameplates or metal tags you're always going to want them looking their best. That's why at Engrave It Houston have put together these Easy Tips for Cleaning the top 3 Material types for Metal Nameplates and Tags.
Easy Tips for Cleaning the Top 3 Material Types for Metal Nameplates & Metal Tags
- Stainless Steel -
Arguably the most popular of all the substrate options for metal nameplates and custom metal tags, stainless steel is also the most durable - making it an excellent choice for just about any job. (Hint, hint...) Their extreme durability and resistance to adverse conditions make them highly utilizable for both indoor and outdoor needs.
HOW TO CLEAN IT:
To clean a stainless steel nameplate or stainless steel tag, simply wash that sucker with good ol' fashioned dish soap (just make sure it's the grease-cutting kind). Take a sponge (or a soft-bristled brush like a toothbrush) and wipe the surface in the same direction as the natural grain of the metal. (Look for the pattern of lines on the surface of the stainless steel tags or stainless steel namplates that isn't printed or engraved on. Wipe with those lines, not across them.)
** NEVER POWER OR PRESSURE WASH THEM IF YOU HAVE PRINTED GRAPHICS INSTEAD OF ENGRAVING
- Aluminum -
The second most popular choice we see for custom metal nameplates or metal tags, aluminum - though not as durable as stainless steel - is extremely effective for the purposes of custom metal tags or metal nameplates.
HOW TO CLEAN IT:
To clean an aluminum nameplate or aluminum tag, start by washing the tag or nameplate in warm water with dish soap (grease-cutting is important here again). This should remove any grime, dust, or dirt that the aluminum nameplate or tag or accumulated through its use. However, if that's not doing the trick, you can mix a solution of equal parts vinegar and water and buff it into the metal with a soft cloth until it begins to shine. *Be careful though. If you have printed graphics on your aluminum nameplate or aluminum tags, the vinegar and water may remove or fade them.
** NEVER POWER OR PRESSURE WASH THEM, IT COULD DAMAGE THE SOFTER METAL
- Brass -
The third most popular (although perhaps the most distinguished) of substrate choices for custom metal nameplates and custom metal tags, Brass is a high-class option that requires high-class care. Brass nameplates or brass tags aren't for outdoor use, or particularly effective in harsh or adverse environments, so keep them inside and in a place where their natural beauty will be effectively displayed without requiring constant handling or abuse.
HOW TO CLEAN IT:
To clean a brass nameplate or brass tags, you're going to need to use a commercial-grade cleaner that is specifically formulated to clean and polish brass. (Like we said, high-class care compared to chucking your stainless steel tags in the sink with some dishsoap.) Follow the instructions on the commercial-grade cleaner and your brass nameplates or brass tags will be shining like new in no time.
** NEVER POWER OR PRESSURE WASH BRASS TAGS OR NAMEPLATES, AS THIS WILL DAMAGE THE SOFT METAL.
Custom metal nameplates or metal tags are a part of almost every business and industry. Whether they're the stylized metal nameplates identifying which office is which or whose desk is whose, or they're custom metal tags or nameplates identifying equipment or assets in your production flow, nearly all businesses use metal tags or nameplates in some form or fashion. And the ones who are ahead of the curve choose to partner with Engrave It Houston when it comes to creating those custom metal tags or metal nameplates, due to the fact that our 20+ years of industry experience, outstanding commitment to quality, and unparalleled degree of personalized customer service have made us an industry leader for decades.