How to Clean a Trophy

Posted on: 10 March 2016

Trophies and awards are something quite a few people have in their homes. They can be silly prizes won in an office scavenger hunt, sporting trophies, or trophies won in other types of competitions. These are often valued memories that people want to keep for the rest of their lives. For the trophies to last and to look as good as possible for the whole time that you want to keep them, you will have to clean them every now and then. To clean your trophies properly, there are a few things you need to know.

Silver trophies

For small silver trophies, the easiest thing to do is to dip it completely in hot water mixed with baking soda. The tarnish on the silver should peel off the trophy in the water. Shine it with a soft cloth after you've taken it out of the water and dried it. For larger trophies, you should still use baking soda and hot water, but you will have to wipe it yourself instead of soaking it. Make sure you don't scrub the trophy too hard, as the abrasive effects of the baking soda can damage the surface of the trophy if it's also being scrubbed into it.

Brass trophies

Cleaning brass trophies have a similar course of conduct as silver trophies. You should use hot water to begin with. However, brass doesn't have to soak. Just wash the trophy off with hot water, regardless of what size it has. When it has dried, you should apply varnish remover to the trophy and let it sit for a while before you wipe it off. After the varnish remover has removed any impurities, you should polish the object with a soft cloth to get the trophy to shine again. Make sure that the trophy is clean from dust and other types of surface dirt before performing this procedure.

Glass trophies

Glass trophies are becoming increasingly more popular, as it's a cheap material that still looks exclusive when being shaped into a trophy. Many sporting trophies, for example, are made of glass. To clean this type of trophy, you first need to wipe it clean of dust and dirt with a moist cloth, avoid using detergent, as this can create more smudges and stripes than it removes. After that, you can use a common window cleaning product to get rid of stains and smudges on the glass surface. Polish the glass afterwards with paper or a soft cloth.

If you're looking for a trophy or have questions about how to care for one, visit a professional like Scotia Engraving.

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