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Maintaining Your Trophies & Medallions

Useful Tips to Help You Care for Your Medals, Trophies, and Medallions

Awards recognise the talent and efforts of winners, but medallions are so much more than just an award – they are symbols of excellence and achievement. Although the value of an award might not be astronomical in price, the prestige they hold has enormous gains for the receiver.

Whether you are a proud owner of a new medallion, you are a proud mom who displays your child’s rugby medals in your living room, you are a professional half-marathon runner with a drawer full of awards, or you are the custodian of a cabinet of medals, trophies, and medallions, caring for each piece is a must if you want to preserve them for decades.

Depending on the type of material your medallions or medals are made from, there are certain procedures required to clean your awards. With new technologies and materials, today’s medallions are manufactured out of wood, metal, silver, and plastic, so they should not all be cleaned in the same way. If you are unsure how to clean yours, these simple tips will help.

  • Silver – Silver is a sensitive material, as it tarnishes quickly when exposed to air and humid conditions. As a result, it is best to keep your silver awards safely tucked away in a glass cabinet. If you need to transport them to an event, then keep them safe by covering them in tissue paper. And avoid wrapping your medals in newspaper.
  • Metal – If your awards are made of stainless steel, you will be happy to learn that it is much easier to maintain than silver. Avoid polishing creams, but give the awards regular wipes with lukewarm, soapy water.
  • Wood – Many event coordinators undermine the value of wooden medallions. What many people forget is that unless their award is burnt by a fire, wooden awards can last a lifetime without any fuss. To keep them looking pristine, give them a regular dusting and polishing, and do not to use an abrasive brush – even on metal and silver awards.
  • Plastic and Resin – Similar to wood, plastic and resin medallions can look high-end when manufactured and engraved properly. Again, like wood, they are easy to clean. Wash them with warm, soapy water before drying them thoroughly. Avoid using an abrasive cloth and do not stick plastic or resin in a dishwasher – ever.

And there you have it, follow our tips and your medallions, medals, and trophies will look as pristine and flawless as the day they were purchased.