As a rule, when you are polishing your trophy, be sure to polish in straight lines of the same direction. You should avoid filling any flask, cup, or bowl with acidic beverages or liquids, and whatever it’s made from, avoid keeping alcohol in it any longer than necessary.
Be aware of where you’re keeping your shield, trophy, or award – if it’s on a mantelpiece make sure you remove it before lighting the fire. If it’s in the kitchen beware of greasy fingerprints and cooking fats.
For more intricate trophy designs, a soft and clean brush can be used – a soft toothbrush would be fine for ornate areas of your trophy. If you are determined to keep your trophy looking its best, consider investing in a microfiber cloth specifically designed for metal polishing.
Of course, how you take care of your trophy all depends on the material. If it’s made from pewter, for example, you will rarely need to polish it – and should just use warm soapy water to keep your trophy dust free and shiny. Glass and wood are both durable materials that can be kept shiny by polishing on a regular basis. Silver on the other hand, requires much more care, and should only be polished occasionally.
The best idea is to learn about the material your trophy is made from and about the best care for that material – at The Trophy Shop we produce a wide variety of trophies and awards in Mississauga, so it’s best to ask in store when you order your trophy.