How to Care for Illuminated Signage

Illuminated signs are some of the most eye-catching signage options for businesses. With neon and LED signs becoming more affordable than ever, many companies are taking advantage of the technology to add some extra personality to their business. When they’re looked after properly, custom illuminated signs can last for decades, making them an easy investment for any business. The good news is that illuminated signs are easy to care for, and there are only a few things you need to do to keep your signs in top condition for years to come.

  1. Keep it Clean

Build ups of dirt, dust and other nasties can damage any sign over time. The dust that’s in the air is made up of a range of different things, including dirt, bacteria, fibres and pollution. In certain areas, dust can actually be mildly acidic, and it slowly eats away at your signs if it’s left sitting for too long.

Luckily, there are no special cleaning requirements for most signs. Regularly wiping down your sign with water is enough to keep it looking like new. When cleaning illuminated signs, it’s best to avoid using cleaning chemicals or paper towels. Both of these things can leave behind fine traces that will eventually burn off as the sign warms up. By the same token, you should avoid using pressure washers to clean a sign. While outdoor signs are waterproof enough to stand up to Brisbane’s storms, they probably won’t survive a pressure washer.

  1. Leave the Sign On

It might sound counterintuitive, but it’s typically a good idea to leave neon and LED signs turned on at all times. Turning signs on and off constantly places the transformer under additional strain that can quickly cause the circuits to wear out. Both LED and neon signs use very little power, so leaving your signs on shouldn’t have a major impact on your power bills. If you’re worried about the power consumption of your illuminated signs, speak to your sign maker about designing lower-consumption options.

  1. Invest in Routine Maintenance

Just like the other things in your business, both outdoor and indoor signs need maintenance from time to time. In particular, illuminated signs need to be regularly serviced to ensure they’re always in top condition. The bulbs, circuitry, transformers and LEDs in illuminated signs all wear down over time, and they may need to be replaced by a professional.

The best thing to do in this situation is speak to your sign maker about maintenance requirements. In most cases all you’ll need to do is keep the sign clean and inspect it for signs of water leaks. But, if you do notice a problem, like LEDs that have stopped working, call your sign maker and let them handle the repairs.

  1. Think About Sign Placement

The last thing is to keep an eye on where your signs are placed. Exposure to dust, dirt, customers and UV rays can all shorten the life of illuminated signage. If you need a sign that can live out in the weather, make sure to speak to your signmaker about the sorts of weather conditions it will face. A professional sign making company will be able to tailor an illuminated sign to suit your needs. Plus, using UV-resistant and waterproof materials to make a sign won’t just extend its life, they’ll make it easier to care for in the long-term.

Likewise, consider putting your signs out of reach of customers. Most people will be respectful of your property, but an accident or a curious child is more than enough to damage illuminated signage.

Ready to Invest in Illuminated Signs? Speak to Signs Brisbane Today!

Illuminated signage is a fantastic way to advertise your brand and make your business stand out. Signs Brisbane works with customers across the Brisbane region, and we design illuminated signs to suit most applications. Our team can create custom LED signs, neon signs, lightboxes, message boards and more! Whatever sort of signage you have in mind, we’re more than happy to work with you to design and create signs that will get your business noticed. You can contact us online to find out more about our sign making services, or call us on 07 3635 8500 to get a free quote!

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