How to Clean & Refurbish Your Donor Plaque

Many organizations purchase donor plaques individually when needed, and then allow them to sit on a wall somewhere for decades. to get the most longevity out of a donor plaque or recognition wall, consistent maintenance is the best answer. By learning how to clean a donor plaque, you’re ensuring that the investment you made in your charitable donors will stay in pristine condition for years to come, encouraging other donors to follow in their footsteps.

The plaque shown below was originally cast in the mid 1950’s and had since tarnished, and became an unusable eye sore, due to years of neglect. Donor Signs, Inc. cleaned and sanded the plaque, freshened up the brass letters and border, then finished it with a new protective clear coat. With the cleaning & refurbishing process now done, the plaque will look brand new for years to come with minimal maintenance. Material of the plaque is also an important factor to consider while refurbishing your old plaques.

The biggest improvement was the removal of the existing name plaques and the addition of our modular insert system. This system makes the names extremely easy to update, and gave this plaque a whole new life. A modular insert system is a good investment, since it means you’ll be able to very easily & inexpensively add or swap in the names of new donors. It’s highly recommended for organizations that have a lot of new donors annually.

Refurbishing an old plaque not only saves money and minimizes donor wall maintenance costs, it helps keep your history alive. Cleaning your old donor wall or plaque is worth the time and energy to preserve your organization’s proud heritage. It also sends a strong signal to potential donors that your organization values the contributions of charitable donors highly, encouraging them to make in-kind donations.

If you have any questions about how to clean a donor plaque, or refurbishing/replacing a donor wall or plaque for your organization, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of design experts at Donor Signs.

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Effective 06/10/24: Due to high demand, we are only accepting orders of 10 or more plaques. This does not include past or current clients.


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