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How To Spring Clean Your Exterior Custom Signs

Curb Appeal

If you had a custom sign made, you want it to always look its best.  Spring is a good time to walk across the street from your sign and see if it adds to the curb appeal.  If there are some tweaks to be made be sure to give us a call.

What To Check When Evaluating Your Custom Sign

  1. Damage – Whether it be ice damage, wind damage, sun damage (fading) or vandalism, if your sign has been damaged in any way it is best to get it fixed before further damage occurs.
  2. Repair – If your lit sign has burnt out bulbs or malfunctioning LEDs then it is not serving it purpose to its full capacity. If you wood sign is showing checks (splits in the wood) then it requires immediate repair.
  3. Surroundings – Has the area where your sign has been place changed at all, example new buildings added or a new landscaping design.  This could hinder your sign’s ability to stand out from its surroundings.  This may be a good time to think about rebranding if you decide a new sign is in order.

How To Keep Your Custom Sign In Great Condition

By following these simple steps you can extend the life of your sign.

If you have a plastic/acrylic blade sign

Blade Sign - Acrylic - Vinyl - The Sign Depot

Give it a once over with some window cleaner or mild soap and water to remove any debris.  If it is lit have an electrician remove the sign from its casing first.

If you have a dimensional HDU foam sign

HDU Foam Sign - The Sign Depot

A light blasting from an air hose should blow off any dust buildup.

If you have a wood signWood Sign - Outdoor - Exterior - Cedar - The Sign Depot

  • Twice a year wash and wax your sign. Use a mild dish soap and soft brissle brush (paint brush) to gently loosen surface dirt – follow with a though rinse with clean water. A light coat and buff with typical spray on car wax will help repell water and keep your sign looking good.
  • Remove any weeds or vines that are crawling up your cedar sign posts.  They may look interesting, but they can do quiet a bit of damage to the finish
  • After about 7 years (depending on sun exposure) bring it into The Sign Depot workshop for refurbishing. It will leave looking brand new.

We also suggest refraining from using a power washer to clean any of your custom signs.  The pressure could end up removing any paint or vinyl that is applied the to sign and could damage the sign material.


Signs Of Community Involvement – TEDx

Connected Community

We want to ensure that our community involvement brings people together for a common good and this new event was something that was recognized as a positive change for our local area. With our past community involvement in TEDx Waterloo we were thrilled that TEDx Kitchener came to us to bring their branding to centre stage, especially since the theme for this event was Fostering Connectivity.

 For highlights from the event be sure to check out their #TEDxKitchenerED hashtag to see what those in attendance thought of the conference.

Grabbing The Attention Of An Audience

As a way to introduce TEDx Kitchener, a dimensional sign was created to draw in the audience members.  This stand up sign stood out from the stage but did not take away from the speakers’ presentations.  It is imperative for signs to have a unique look without becoming an eye-sore, so this one was designed for modern style of the TEDx brand.  To acheive the clean look the sign letters were router cut on our CNC table.

CNC Dimensional Sign Letters - TEDx - The Sign Depot

Vinyl was applied to the letters and they were placed into a custom platform piece to hold up the sign.

Dimensional Letters - TedxKitchener - The Sign Depot

While following the TEDxKitchenerED twitter feed, we noticed that the sign grabbed the attention of audience member @KWSarah when she tweeted  this pic

Community Involvement In Your Area

Community involvement has always been a part of what we do here at The Sign Depot. We want to know how you get involved in your community. There are many ways of doing so. Do you volunteer? Donate to a charitable organization? Participate in community events?  How do you give back to your community? We look forward to hearing about it! Leave a comment below, post on our facebook page or send us a tweet.  We are always looking to connect with local community as well as our online community. We think that is great way to begin Fostering Connectivity.


Importance Of A Good Business Sign Can Be Compared To The Importance Of A Good Cookie

C Is For Custom Creative Cookies

Here at The Sign Depot we talk quite a bit about standing out and being memorable.  Finding ways to be unique can be difficult sometimes, but it well worth the effort when it comes to signs for your business. 

 According to’s article The Importance of Advertising Signs for a Growing Business

 What you put in front of someone’s eyes is perhaps the most decisive factor in determining what they think of you and your business. In fact, consumers are more likely to purchase a product if they have seen the name before. Therefore advertising effectively, and making the product or sign memorable is crucial to the success and the growth of your business

 Advertising effectively is what PJ Lowe had in mind when she first created her promotional cookies.  Her story was about having memorable items to hand out at a public event.  She wanted something that would stand out from all the rest.  She created cookies with logos on them.  Really in our terms they were mini custom signs.  The cookies were so popular she started the company Nom Nom Treats.  Take a look at her photo gallery and see how many brands you recognize.

When the Cutegecko Design Agency approached us about creating a sign that looked like a cookie for Nom Nom Treats we new it would be a fun project.  Not only would we be making a custom sign, we would be making a custom cookie sign for a company that makes custom designed cookies.  Try saying that five times fast!

Dimension was key when it came to creating the cookie.  It was all about standing out from the rest!  The cookie was created in layers and then given a high gloss finish to replicate icing.  Working with logo designer we were able to duplicate the Nom Nom Treats logo and gave it an extra layer of dimension when it came to the text.   The end result was as 3 dimensional delicious looking as the actual Nom Nom Treats themselves.

 Custom Dimensional Sign - The Sign Depot

Want to know what made us even more ecstatic?  The fact that we just might be the best gift ever! At least that’s what PJ thinks!