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Trophies, medals and awards aftercare

Trophies, medals and awards aftercare

You’re the proud owner of a new trophy, medal or award – congratulations. No doubt you worked super hard for your achievement.

Or perhaps a parent or relative has just bequeathed you a lifetimes worth of fly fishing awards, curling trophies or half-marathon medals.

Or maybe you’ve just pulled a family heirloom in the shape of a silver-plated salver from a musty box in the garage. And what – you may be thinking – do you do to clean it?

Here’s how not to care for your new found possession

A lady came into the Trophy Boss’s real live shop. In her hands she held a sliver-plated shield. In her eyes she held the look of a woman whose over enthusiastic cleaning had gone wrong.

Her husband was a bowler. He’d won club bowler three years running and now he was retiring and it was time to pass the shield on. So she’d cleaned it – ever so gently with a teensy weensy bit of Brillo pad. And with every teensy weensy stroke, she removed the silver-plating.

So here’s what the Trophy Boss did (we can call him Ian).

He sent the lady round the corner for a cuppa and went at the shield with gusto. Where she’d polished each inscribed disc gently – Ian polished it and polished it until all the silver-plating came off. What started as a dulled-down silver ended a bright beautiful brass colour instead. And the husband was none the wiser.

Avoid your own trophy, medal and award cleaning disasters with these three tips:

  1. Clean resin and pewter trophies with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly.
  2. Give your silver and silver-plated wares a monthly clean with a silver cloth, polishing in one direction only – never in circles.
  3. To reduce tarnishing, keep your silver and silver-plated trophies and awards in a display cabinet with some silica gel for extra protection. (The little sachets that you sometimes find in shoeboxes come in handy, they help reduce humidity.)
  4. To clean wooden trophy bases, use furniture polish sprayed onto a soft dusting cloth.
  5. Never use a dishwasher (or Brillo pads).

If you’ve subjected your medals and trophies to an award-winning cleaning disaster, try giving us a call, we can’t work miracles but we have been known to save marriages.

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