How to Clean Acrylic
Knowing how to clean and maintain acrylic is important in extending its lifespan. Acrylic is a safer alternative to glass and can be more durable than other plastics but it's important to take care of it in order to outlast other materials.
Acrylic is also known as Perspex or Plexiglas.
Once you have your acrylic product in place it is important that you are able to retain the flawless look and finish, regardless of any wear and tear that it may receive.
You should try to give your acrylic a little more attention than you would give to glass, as scratches can be more noticeable, especially if you use the wrong cleaning products on the surface.
What products do I need to clean acrylic?
One of the best ways to clean your acrylic is to use warm soapy water with a micro-fibre cloth. Using washing up detergent will create a soapy lather that you can keep building with more water, whilst the micro-fibre cloth will deal with any dirt particles that are sitting on the acrylic.
Handle the acrylic by the edges in order to avoid any fingerprints as you work your way across with the cloth. If the acrylic is movable, place it on top of a lint free surface to prevent any scratches underneath and to stop any further dirtying of the material.
What if I need a more intensive clean?
If you find that your acrylic is not buffing up as much as you would like, for instance if it has not been cleaned for a long time, then a specific product such as the VuPlex Acrylic Cleaner will work wonders. It is non-abrasive and will coat the surface with a wax that will help to protect it. Acting in seconds it will have a long lasting effect, leaving it with glossy and clean finish.
What shouldn’t I use to clean my acrylic?
Never use a scouring pad or anything abrasive to scrub your acrylic. This will most likely leave a variety of scratches that you will be unable to buff out. Do not use any solvent based cleaning products, caustic based cleaners or petroleum based chemicals. These will also damage the surface and leave it looking discoloured and unloved.
- Ammonia Based Cleaner (e.g. Window Cleaner, Antibacterial Cleaner etc)
- Solvent Based Cleaner
- Abrasive or caustic cleaners
- WD-40 or any other petroleum based chemical
- Scrubbing pads or other abrasive pads