Plaques and memorials have meaning. They pay tribute to a special place. They remember a loved one or someone who left a lasting legacy. Oftentimes, they connote a significant historical event or achievement. Therefore, they should always look pristine and well taken care of. Passersby or people stopping to pay their respects need to be able to easily read and understand the significance of the space.

However, outside plaques and memorials encounter all different types of inclement weather, climates, environments and other calamities. Additionally, indoor plaques also suffer from their fair share of wear and tear or other accidental damages. Even the sturdiest and best made plaques incur damage or lose their luster over time. Metal plaques are not immune to the aging process. Therefore, sometimes, they need a little extra attention and care.

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand the fundamentals of preserving bronze plaques and memorials. We hope it’s useful. Feel free to email us at with any specific questions.

Can I Use Soap and Water To Clean Bronze?

Dilute neutral soap solution and a soft cloth can be useful to remove dirt and grime from bronze but don’t drench the bronze with water. Use it sparingly and dry the bronze thoroughly after cleaning.

Should I Use Solvents To Clean Bronze?

Solvents, like white spirit, can be valuable in removing oily residues and old wax from bronze. Always wear gloves if you are using solvents and apply with a soft textile rag, ideally lint free.

Could I damage the bronze when cleaning it?

You can easily damage bronze by scratching or rubbing away the original patina, never use abrasion or commercial cleaning products unless you have sought expert advice.

Should I Clean Off The Corrosion?

Corrosion cannot be cleaned off in the same way dirt and grime can. You have to be very careful when dealing with a bronze’s patina whether it’s pretty or not. Corrosion isn’t necessarily something to be concerned about, in fact, its color can be quite beautiful. Other types, however, need to be addressed because they are disfiguring or active. It’s best to contact an expert. when you are dealing with corrosion.

How Often Should A Bronze Plaque Be Maintained?

Bronze needs frequent maintenance to keep it looking good and stable. Frequency depends on the bronze plaque’s environment. An outdoor plaque should have maintenance at least once a year. Indoor ones may not need it as often unless they are touched frequently by the public.

For more information or if you need a quote on professional restoration services, contact Russ at KC Restoration today and we take a look and provide you with an estimate!