Here at eSigns, we love vinyl banners. It’s kind of our thing. I love driving around my town and seeing all the vibrant banners and what is going on in my community. As fun as that is, I get really sad when I see banners that are not hung up properly or are damaged because they are mistreated.
There are simple steps that can be taken to care for your banner and get the most use out of it.
When hanging your banner, bungee cords are preferable to rope, especially in windy areas. Using a bungee cord will allow the banner to move in the wind and won’t strain the grommets the way rope will. Please be sure to use all of the available grommets whenever you can. This will also prevent too much strain from being put on any one grommet and keep your banner from tearing. If you need to use rope or zip ties to hang your banner, be sure to leave some room for the banner to move. If you tighten them down too tight, your banner may tear if the wind gets too strong.
Sometimes you will need to take your banner down and store it somewhere. Unfortunately, this is when he most damage can be done to your banner. The most important thing to keep in mind when when storing your banner is to roll it instead of folding it. Folding your banner will result in creases in the vinyl that can weaken the material and distort your design. When your banner is stored, we suggest you place it back in the box you received it in. If it is small enough, you can store it in a mailer tube.
Once in a while the inevitable will happen and your banner will get creased or dirty. Fortunately not all is not lost and there are ways to get your banner looking new again.
If your banner gets creased, you will need to either lay the banner out in the sun or hang it up in a sunny area and make sure it is stretched tight. As the sun warms the banner, the fibers will relax and the crease will disappear. If your banner gets dirty, you can use mild soap and water and a cloth to clean it off. You will want to avoid using stronger chemicals on the banners as they can damage the ink.
Following some simple steps to care for your banner will allow you to keep it working for a long time to come.