Trophies and awards are not just symbols of achievements; they are cherished memories that deserve to be displayed proudly. You may be an avid collector or have even received accolades throughout your life. In both cases, it is important to you to maintain the lustre and sparkle of your trophies. At DG Trophies, your go-to trophy shop, we understand the significance of these prized possessions. So, we´re ready to wink you some tips on how to clean and maintain your trophies and awards collection. They´ll be shining brilliantly and as good as new for years to come.
First things firts
Before we get on business, there are a few things you should know about how to maintain your prize collection. It's crucial to understand the various types of trophies and awards on your watch. Here at DG Trophies, as we offer a wide range of trophies, medals, and plaques, we know all about the materials the items you have at home can be made of.
Metal trophies, such as our Rising Star On Metal Angled Riser Award, are often made of brass, aluminum, or zinc, and the way to make them shine is to polish them.
Crystal awards, like our Crystal Diamond Award, require careful handling to prevent scratches. They should be regularly dusted and cleaned with a soft cloth.
Our Snap-In Flame Acrylic Award is a popular choice. To maintain its clarity, avoid abrasive cleaners and use a mild, non-ammonia-based solution.
Wooden plaques, like our Traditional Bevel Genuine Walnut Plaque, need gentle cleaning with a damp cloth and occasional waxing for protection.
It´s Cleaning Time
Now that you know the basics, let's get right into the cleaning process. Here's a step-by-step guide to ensure your trophies and awards stay in pristine condition:
Begin by gently dusting your awards using a soft, lint-free cloth. Regular dusting prevents the accumulation of grime and maintains its shine.
For metal trophies, use metal polish and a clean, soft cloth to restore their brilliance. Crystal and acrylic awards can be cleaned with a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap. Ensure you rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft fabric piece to prevent water spots.
For wooden plaques, use a damp cloth to wipe away dust and stains. Periodically apply a thin layer of wood wax to protect the finish.
If your trophies have engravings, be cautious around those areas to avoid damaging the text or designs. Use a soft brush to clean intricate details gently.
Keep it nice
To maintain your memories in perfect condition, you should avoid direct sunlight on them. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can fade the colours and damage the finish of your trophies. Of course, you want to display them in a well-lit area, but keep them away from direct UV rays.
We also suggest you periodically inspect your collection for loose parts, tarnish, or scratches. The earlier you detect a sign of deterioration, the more effective your response will be.
Another aspect to consider is the proper storage for your collection. If you have trophies or awards that you don't display, store them in a cool, dry place, preferably in their original packaging or protective coverings. No dust or UV will reach them while they´re that well preserved.
Of course, when cleaning, never use abrasive or ammonia-based cleaners, as they can damage the surfaces of your awards, and, of course, for valuable or antique trophies, consider professional restoration services to ensure they retain their historical and monetary value.
Yes, you can always tell about your amazing moment of success in life, but nothing will ever prove consistently your hard work and dedication as your spotless collection of trophies and awards. We suggest you follow the steps outlined before so you can ensure that your cherished possessions remain a source of pride and inspiration for years to come. Remember, we are here to supply you with high-quality trophies and awards, and, of course, we will not leave you alone in preserving them over time. Keep your collection shining brightly, and celebrate your achievements with pride. Don't let anything dim your accomplishments.For the finest selection of trophies, awards, and engraving services, visit DG Trophies today.