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How to Clean Fabric Banners

Fabric banners are a great signage option for indoor advertising like trade shows and indoor displays. You can use them to display upcoming sales, discounts or offers, products, and services. Like vinyl banners, they are cost-effective and come in different shapes and sizes. You can also customize them according to your business’s needs.

The colors appear so vibrant and beautiful on fabric banners that many retailers use this type of signage for product marketing. Fabric banners are printed using the direct dye sublimation method. The process is very different from any other wide-format inkjet printing. This gives vibrant colors on the fabric and retains great detail.

Your business can use a fabric banner for a long time but it is important to keep them in pristine condition. Here are some tips for how to clean the banners:

Cleaning Fabric Banners

After a while, a fabric banner hanging indoors or outdoors will inevitably get dirty. Whether it is a fabric or vinyl banner, you have to clean it occasionally. You can wash fabric banners in cold water on the gentle cycle and tumble dry on low.

Before washing the whole banner, start with spot cleaning to ensure that the fabric is suitable for washing. Use a mild soap and cold water and test a small spot first in a less than obvious spot. If you see no damage to the color or material of the banner, you can proceed to wash the whole banner.

If your fabric banner was hanging for a while and now you are wondering how to clean your fabric banner, the following are some options for you:

Machine Washing

If the size of your fabric banner is not too big, you can wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Use the permanent press cycle and cold water wash for a machine-wash polyester fabric. You can use an all-purpose detergent for cleaning and fabric softener to reduce static electricity.

After washing, hang or spread out the banner to dry. Alternately, you can dry the banner in a dryer as well.

Hand Washing

If your fabric banner is too big to fit in your washing machine, you will have to do hand washing. You can either wash it with hand in a big tub or hang it and then wash it with a soapy brush and a water hose. You can also wash it any other way you can think of using an all-purpose detergent or mild soap.

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is one of the easiest methods for cleaning fabric banners. But you will need a good quality steam cleaning appliance with an upholstery attachment. You can start cleaning from the top and work your way down. If you notice that the steam is making the fabric wet, hold the device further away. It is also important to follow the safety instructions as steam can burn your skin.

Ironing Fabric Banners

Once you have washed the banner, you can iron out any wrinkles. Remember to start with a small portion of the banner at first and use the lowest setting on the iron. This is a precaution to prevent any damage to the banner which is not suitable for ironing.

Fabric banners have a long life so you can take them off and store them for later use as well. It is better to roll them loosely instead of folding them. With a little care and some occasional cleaning, you can use fabric banners for a long time.

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