Maintenance Tips and Tricks for Custom Wood Signs
When you have custom wood signs, either at home or at work, these should be maintained in a different way as other signs you might have that are made using different kinds of materials. While plastic can be easily cleaned with the use of a mild dishwashing liquid and water, wood is not a signage material that can be cleaned with high moisture cleaning agents. Since wood is a rather porous material (even with a protective coating over it), anything that brings moisture is a no-no.
To clean wood signs, you should always remember that wood and water do not mix. You should also keep in mind that wood can get scratched if you use rough cleaning materials. This means that you need to clean your wood signs with mild cleaning substances that are not water based, and use soft rags and similar cleaning equipment when doing so.
How to Effectively Clean and Maintain (or Restore) Your Custom Wood Signs
To help you further with your custom wood signs cleaning tasks, here are a few more tips and tricks that may come in handy:
Some oils are great in making wood look as good as new - depending on what signs are wood signs, you can use lemon oil to make these look as good as new. If your signs are ADA compliant signs that people can touch, this is probably not a good cleaning and restorative method to use since this involves having the wood soak up lemon oil to return it to its former glory.
You will be doing this slowly with the use of an old, soft and absorbent cotton sock. Simply trickle some lemon oil on the wood, and wipe this evenly over the surface with the use of the old cotton sock. Do this a few times over the course of the day, letting the layer of lemon oil soak through the wood until it cannot do so anymore. Once there is a thin layer of oil on the surface, let your wooden signs sit overnight this way.
In the morning, you will then need to use clean rags to remove the excess top oil, and all the dirt and grime that seeped out of the wood with it. Do this until the dirt, oil and all that you see marring the surface of your wood signs is removed. You can then buff your wooden sign with another clean, dry piece of cloth and coat it with a protective wood coating substance to prolong its clean and restored look.
If your wood signs are painted, you can actually use water-based cleaning agents, in moderation – if your wooden signs are painted, you may want to use a mild dish washing detergent and warm water combination to get these clean. Simply mix half a cup of dishwashing liquid with some warm water and, with the help of a sponge, a few dry and fluffy towels, you can then clean your custom wood signs effectively.
Soak the sponge in the soapy solution, squeeze out the excess liquid then wipe down your wood signs. After wiping these down with the soapy substance (which is used to remove any grease, dirt and grime on the surface and in the nooks and crannies), soak one of the towels in warm, clean water, wring out the excess liquid and wipe down the signs, removing the soapy substance away.
After this particular stage, you will need to work fast to remove the moisture from the wood sign. Get another soft and fluffy towel, this time a thoroughly dry one, and wipe down your sign. Make sure that you get all the areas that you think may still be moist in order to protect the sign from deterioration brought about by the presence of moisture. Once your signs are truly dry, you can then buff it clean with a soft rag.
If your signs are engraved signs, and have raised as well as recessed parts, a wooden cuticle stick can help remove deep seated dirt – if you are worried about getting those corners with grime and dust clean, worry no more since the solution to such a dilemma comes from a simple tool called a wooden cuticle stick. Simply wrap the tip of this stick with a little piece of tissue paper, or some cotton, and with the use of either cleaning agents mentioned above (lemon oil for unpainted wood, and dishwashing liquid for painted wood) dip the tip in a little cleaning solution and gouge out the dirt in these cracks with this somewhat moist tip.