Two tips for business owners who have recently purchased Braille tactile signs
If you have purchased several Braille tactile signs in order to make your premises easier for visually-impaired people to navigate, you might find this advice helpful.
Ensure that your building's cleaners wash and dust these signs very carefully and regularly
Whilst your premises' cleaners will only need to quickly wipe down most of the signage in your building, you must instruct them to be very thorough when they wash and dust these Braille signs. Firstly, if dust is allowed to build up in the indentations between the Braille cells, then the people who try to read these signs by touching them may struggle to determine what each sign says and may either misinterpret them (which might result in them going into the wrong rooms) or simply be unable to read them.
Secondly, unlike standard signs, people who use these Braille signs need to touch them. This means that these signs will get dirtier and dustier at a faster rate than other signs, especially if a lot of visually-impaired people visit your premises. As such, to ensure that they remain readable and that the people who touch them don't end up with dirt all over their hands, you must make sure that this signage is cleaned very thoroughly every day. You may need to tell the cleaners to use cotton buds or clean toothbrushes to remove debris and dust from the gaps between each Braille sign's cells.
Place the Braille wall signs in areas where they cannot be accidentally obstructed
If you have purchased some Braille walls signs that indicate the number and function of specific rooms or the location of nearby fire exits on your premises, then you must ensure that you place them in areas where they cannot be obstructed.
For example, if there is a room whose door needs to be pulled towards people when they open it, the Braille sign should not be placed on the wall closest to the open door, because if this door is left in this fully open position for any length of time, it may act as an obstruction that results in visually-impaired people taking far longer to work out that the sign is hidden behind it. Similarly, if there is a Braille wall sign near a freestanding supply cupboard, the sign should be placed far enough away from this cupboard that it can still be accessed by those who need it when the cupboard's doors are open.
For more information and tips on Braille tactile signs, reach out to a local sign company.