If you have recently invested in a vinyl banner for your business, you probably considered it to be for temporary use. Vinyl banners are great to use to advertise new businesses until you are able to purchase a permanent sign, and they're also great for advertising current sales and promotions. Even though these signs are generally used for temporary uses, however, there are ways that you can make them last longer. If you follow these tips, you might be surprised by how long your vinyl sign lasts and looks good.
1. Clean it Regularly
First of all, you shouldn't just put your sign outside and forget about it. Otherwise, bird droppings, acid from the rain and other elements can cause permanent stains. Plus, a dirty sign just won't be a good reflection of your company. Use a mild detergent and cool, clean water to wash it with. You don't have to buy anything fancy; just mix up a soapy bucket full of dishwashing liquid and water, and wash it clean with a gentle sponge and a water hose.
2. Protect It from Direct Sunlight
Consider the perfect spot for your vinyl banner if you want it to last as long as possible. It's best to keep it out of the direct sunlight, since the sun can cause the lettering and graphics on your sign to fade prematurely.
3. Protect It from the Wind
If your area is windy, be careful to protect your sign from the wind. Pull it taut when displaying it, and make sure that you have strong anchors in place to prevent it from blowing away.
4. Store it Properly
When you take down your vinyl sign, make sure that you store it properly. You might be tempted to fold it up like a sheet, but doing so can cause creases that can damage the lettering and be difficult to get out. Instead, roll it up gently and store it in a storage tube -- you should be able to ask for one from the sign company that you purchase your sign from, or it might have come in one of these tubes. When storing, make sure that you don't store it in a too-hot place; otherwise, the sign could begin to "melt."
Vinyl banners don't have to be for short-term use. If you follow these care tips, you should be able to use yours for a long time to come. For more tips, contact a sign company like Inland Petroservice Inc.