Medals are very special reminders of past achievements and it is important to look after them to keep them shiny and in tip-top condition. Here are a few tips on how to care for your precious custom medals.
Keeping them Clean
Surprisingly, polishing your medals is actually discouraged, as polishing can damage your medals eventually. If your medals look dirty, you should brush it them with a soft brush and then wipe them down with a clean cloth. Don’t wash the ribbon of your medal as the dye could run and you could lose some of the vibrancy of the colour.
If you are keeping your custom medals in storage, the best advice we can give you is to ensure they are kept at cool temperatures, as high temperatures cause the ribbons to turn brittle. Another helpful tip is to keep them off the floor, as they are more likely to be affected by water damage if they are on ground level.
When putting your medals on display, keep in mind that they should not be in direct sunlight or bright lights, and should not be displayed above radiators or in the bathroom where it is very damp. The best option for displaying your medals, if you want to prolong the life of your medals, would be to keep them in a glass display case or cabinet.
Handling Your Medals
To keep your medals free from dirt and finger marks, it is recommended that you handle the medals as little as possible. When you do handle your medals try and have dry, clean hands, or even wear gloves if possible! Once you have finished handling them, you should wipe away the grease and dirt with a clean cloth.
Just in case your medal gets lost or stolen, it is a good idea to make photocopies of your medal and write down it’s dimensions so that you can create another one. If your medal is truly valuable, you may want to keep it locked away and make a cheaper replica for display purposes.
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