Cleaning Neon Signs
If you neon sign is looking a little dingy, the following steps can help you with some clean up to make it look as good as new. WARNING: Never clean a neon sign without first unplugging; the high voltage can cause serious injuries. Do not soak the sign with the solution; the block-out paint on the neon tubes can crack and peel off. Read on to learn more.
You will need the following:
- Soft bristle nylon brush
- 1/2-cup household ammonia
- 1/2-cup water
- Plastic container
- Microfiber cloth
- Unplug the neon sign or light and allow the tubes to cool completely.
- Use a soft bristle nylon brush or a soft dry sock to remove dust from the surface of the sign. use only very light pressure to prevent damage or breakage of the light.
- Perform an inspection to look for any residue that is stubborn. Nicotine stains are a good example. If stains or residue remains, use half a cup of water with a half cup of household ammonia and pour it into a container made from plastic.
- Use a microfiber cloth and dip it into the solution you have assembled and then wring out the cloth removing the excess.
- Gently wipe the tubes with the damp cloth to remove residue and stains. Then allow the air tubes to air dry totally.