As a business owner, you understand the importance of regular maintenance. You have the floors mopped, the displays organized, and the windows washed on a regular basis. But do you pay the same amount of attention to your signage? For the same reasons you purchased signage in the first place, you need to keep it maintained. Otherwise, it may be overlooked.
There are simple steps you can take to keep your LED signs running longer, and to avoid common hazards. With the winter stretching before us, and nasty weather surely coming down the pipeline, now is the time to start taking sign maintenance seriously. Take these steps to ensure that your LED signs make it through the winter.
Unplug Your Signs
There are some signs you may want to keep on 24 hours a day if you think they will attract customers. But if you have signs on the walls inside your store, or an “Open” sign in the front window, unplug them at the end of the day. Even when they are turned off they draw a small amount of power. This boosts your electric bill, and it puts a little extra wear on the sign each night.
Position Your Signs Strategically
The location of your sign is important from a marketing standpoint, but also from a maintenance standpoint. No matter where you place your sign, make sure that the power source is protected from the elements. If you have signs in your front windows and you known that a major storm is one the way, take them down on the off chance that a window breaks. Similarly, if you have outdoor signs that can easily be taken down, move them inside before severe weather hits.
Prepare for Power Outages
Wintertime power outages are not common, but they are hardly rare either. Your LED sign will not be damaged if the power suddenly goes out, but you may want to have a backup power supply in place. Think about how the loss of your electric signage will affect your business when weighing your options. It can be a welcome courtesy to your customers to be able to tell them you are temporarily closed and why.
Wipe Your Signs Down
This is a maintenance step you should take year round. Occasionally run a cotton cloth over the surface of the LED sign to removed accumulated dust and grime. Make sure that you do not use water, detergent, or harsh scrubbers. If you have ice build up on one of your signs, take it inside, and wait for the ice to melt.
One of the major advantages of LED signage is that it generally requires very little maintenance. The bulbs last for tens of thousands of hours, and the units are made to be durable. If you do ever have a problem, however, All Neon Signs offers a one year warranty on all of our signs. If you experience any problems beyond the first year, we would be happy to arrange to have your sign serviced by an experienced professional.
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