Vinyl banners are effective and economical promotional tools. You can install them in different places and choose from a wide array of designs. How long a vinyl banner lasts depends on several factors such as the weather and how well you maintain it. The good side of a vinyl banner is that it provides countless customization options. It is one of the most eye-catching advertisement materials. No wonder most companies choose vinyl banners over custom flyer printing. But for your banner to last longer, you will need a handful of installation and maintenance tips as follows.
The most popular and effective way to install vinyl banners is the use of screws and grommets. This method entails hemming or placing grommets spaced at 2ft. unless you are instructed otherwise by the designer. With a number of accessories e.g. webbing, wind slits, snap hooks, additional reinforcements, Velcro, and pole pockets, you can customize your banner however you like. If you cannot do it yourself, simply call a professional installer.
- Regular banner
Your banners will be exposed to the harsh environment 24/7. It is advisable to clean it after every 0ne to three months and every time you want to store it. The right way to clean vinyl is by the use of water and detergent. Don’t use the regular detergents for your household chores as they can damage the banner. Use a mild detergent and a non-abrasive piece of cloth to clean it. Then, wipe the banner and leave it to dry.
- Digitally printed banner
If your vinyl banner is printed the digital way, use some warm water and avoid harsh detergents, chemicals, and cleansers. Use a soft and non-abrasive cloth. Anything else will damage your banner.
Make sure to roll the banner up before keeping it in a storage tube. Do not fold the banner because it will retain the fold marks permanently. In case someone folds it by mistake, fold the banner and leave it outside in the hot sun. After a few hours, the banner will become pliable again and the wrinkles can get off. However, not all fold marks will go away. When rolling, make sure that the graphics and letters are facing out. This will help to maintain the adhesion of the lettering and prevent lifting. Be sure that the storage tube contains a smooth lining. Do not use a cardboard for storage as it can cause hazing to the banner. For you digitally-printed vinyl banners, roll them inside to avoid hazing on their surfaces. Do not store the banners in high-temperature areas as the ink will lift or stick to the material. Store them at room temperature. Note that the printing company will not be liable for damages caused by poor installation or misuse.
Did you know that scrim custom vinyl banner prevents shine through? It is a high-tensile material featuring a block-out layer and polyester fabric attached between the 2 scrim layers. As such, this type of vinyl is not easy to tear. It is perfect for event advertising, museum signage, and art galleries. You can install it using grommets or hemming. Coated with a flame retardant base layer, it suits all kinds of full-color outdoor banners.
And that’s all you need to know about taking care of your vinyl banners. Good luck with your advertisement campaigns.