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Outdoor Noticeboard Maintenance Made Easy

Outdoor Noticeboard Maintenance Made Easy


We’ve all walked past a noticeboard that’s seen better days, right? Those faded messages, the stains from last winter’s rain, maybe even a little graffiti. But guess what? Maintaining an outdoor noticeboard doesn’t have to be a huge task. It’s actually pretty straightforward! This article’s going to walk you through it. Ready? Let’s jump in.

Understanding the Basics of Noticeboards

Before diving into maintenance, let’s get a bit of background. What are we actually talking about when we say “outdoor noticeboard”?

Types of Outdoor Noticeboards

There are various kinds! Some are wooden, some metal, and others might be plastic. Depending on the material, the maintenance needs can differ.

Why Maintenance Matters

Keeping your noticeboard in top shape isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s about ensuring messages are clear, protecting the board from damage, and ensuring longevity. Many guarantees also insist on regular maintenance to avoid the build up of dirt, moss and keeping the moving parts lubricated.

Routine Maintenance Steps

Like any outdoor equipment, a regular check-up and some tender loving care go a long way.

Cleaning Techniques

A simple mixture of warm water and a mild detergent usually does the trick. Use a soft cloth to avoid scratching the surface. For stubborn stains, consider using a soft brush. Wooden boards often need regular additional steps to preserve wood and ensure they remain water tight.


Outdoor noticeboards have to withstand all sorts of weather.

Sealants to Consider

Depending on your noticeboard’s material, you might want to consider sealants. They provide an extra layer of protection against rain, snow, and even UV rays. Most noticeboards are either welded at the joins or have a mitred edge. This means the joins are securely pushed together to prevent water penetrating the display area. Ensure the joins remain tight, and in the event of glazing become loose, you can order a replacement rubber seal to maintain a tight waterproof seal. 

When to Reapply

Typically, a sealant should be reapplied every year or two. But always keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear.

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Addressing Common Issues

Because, let’s face it, things happen.

Graffiti and Vandalism

Caught some rogue artists? For graffiti, using a graffiti remover is your best bet. Just make sure it’s safe for your noticeboard’s material. Amazon sells a wide range of non-solvent cleaning products that will not damage the paintwork or the glazing.

Moisture and Dampness

If you notice your board getting damp often, consider repositioning it or ensuring it has proper sealing within the frame and glazing. Moisture can form within the noticeboard when the temperature inside the noticeboard is different to the outside. To reduce the possibility of moisture within the noticeboard, maybe try some silica gel which will absorb the moisture. It’s almost impossible to avoid moisture within the noticeboard, it’s just the same as your car windscreen in the winter.

Outdoor Noticeboard Maintenance Made Easy
Outdoor Noticeboard Maintenance Made Easy

Additional Tips and Tricks

Maintenance isn’t just about addressing problems. It’s about preventing them too!

DIY vs. Professional Maintenance

Sometimes, a little DIY can save the day. But if you’re unsure, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional. They can provide insights that might be beyond the realm of DIY. A professional installation can also reduce problems in the future. If a noticeboard is installed incorrectly, it’s possible to drill through the waterproof membrane designed to prevent damage to the display area. 


Outdoor noticeboards are incredibly useful, but like everything, they need some love and care. With the right techniques and a bit of effort, you can keep yours looking sharp and functional for years. Remember, it’s not just about making it look good; it’s about ensuring everyone can read the messages clearly and that the board lasts a long time.

Outdoor Noticeboard Maintenance Made Easy FAQs

How often should I clean my noticeboard?

Generally, once a month is a good frequency, but it depends on the location and exposure to the elements. At least 4 times a year should be fine in most conditions. If your noticeboard is under a tree and is covered in sap, this should be removed. Bird droppings can be acidic and damaged the paintwork too, just like it would damage the paintwork on a car.

Can I use any household cleaner for my noticeboard?

Stick to mild detergents to avoid any damage. Avoid abrasive or harsh chemicals. Amazon sells various solvent free cleaning products ideal for the glazing and the main frame.

My noticeboard has a crack. Can I fix it myself?

Small cracks might be fixed with appropriate sealants. However, for significant damage, consider a replacement or consulting a professional. Replacement glazing can be ordered by calling us, we can supply a new glazing panel along with new rubber seals that can be easily applied.

Do metal noticeboards require less maintenance than wooden ones?

Not necessarily. While they might resist certain elements better, they can still suffer from issues like rust or fading. Wooden noticeboards do need additional maintenance to prevent the frame from becoming damaged and ultimately rotting. A wood preserver will extend the life of your wooden noticeboard.

What’s the biggest threat to my outdoor noticeboard?

Weather, without a doubt. Rain, UV rays, and even high winds can take a toll. That’s why regular maintenance is crucial. Removing dirt and bird droppings from the noticeboard will also prevent the build up of moss and other acids.