How to Clean Acrylic (Plexiglass) Safely

Here are a few cleaning tips to keep your acrylic’s (plexiglass) finish looking crystal clear. Commercial cleaning products and abrasive materials can scratch the acrylic or give it a hazy appearance, so follow these best practices to insure your plastic stays looking great.

Best Practices

DO use a plastic specific cleaner.

We recommend Brillianize or Novus. You can also use a solution of mild dish soap and water. These are safe for plastics, and you can even purchase solutions that help minimize the appearance of any scratches.

DO NOT use:

  • Ammonias
  • All Purpose Cleaners
  • Abrasives
  • Dry Cloths
  • Aromatic Cleaners
  • Windex

Commercial cleaners will cause the material to become hazy, and anything scented can leave a residue. Once the material is damaged with these products, you can not return the plastic to its original clarity.

DO use a lint free microfiber towel.

Acrylic is non-porous and moisture resistant. A microfiber towel with cleaner is an effective way to clean the material and remove 99% of microbes.

Tip: You can use a blow dryer on the cool setting to gently blow of dust or debris before wiping the material down.

DO rinse the cloth if it gets dusty or dirty while wiping the acrylic.

If the rag traps debris, it can scratch the material as you clean. We highly recommend following the blow dryer tip above and rinsing the cloth after your initial wipe down.

DO NOT use abrasive materials, sponges, or rags.

These will scratch the material, significantly reducing clarity.

DO NOT use a dry cloth.

Always apply the cleaner before wiping with the microfiber towel. If you try to wipe off dust or debris without cleaner, it can scratch the material.

These tips are also an effective and safe way to clean other plastics like PETG, colored / textured acrylic, or polycarbonate.

Plexiglass Sanitary Guards to Protect Employees

As protocol and recommendations have changed surrounding the Coronavirus, we have received numerous calls regarding clear plastic dividers / barriers to protect employees. We wanted to take a few minutes to answer some of the frequently asked questions regarding materials and our capabilities.

As a family owned company, we fully understand the need to stay open while still protecting employees. In an effort to help other businesses and healthcare facilities do the same, we will be prioritizing any orders that will be used to create a safe work environment and keep businesses operating. We will push them to the top of our production schedule to get them installed as soon as possible.

How do I order?

The fastest way to get your project started is to call any one of our offices. You can also submit an online request. We are still open, and our knowledgeable staff is here to help you find the right material for your application. You can complete the entire transaction without ever getting out of your vehicle.

  • Dallas: 972.484.0741
  • San Antonio: 210.599.8291
  • Houston: 957.8541
  • Austin: 512.836.3629

What material do you recommend?

For indoor use around food and employees, we recommend acrylic (plexiglass) or polycarbonate. The materials are clear, can easily be wiped down, and offers an effective barrier while talking to customers. It’s a great way to protect cashiers, clerks, and tellers while remaining open to the public. 

Cashier standing behind an acrylic barrier to protect from Coronavirus.

For outdoor use as temporary / permanent shelters, we recommend our multiwall polycarbonate (twinwall). The material allows natural light in and protects from the elements. Plus, it creates a more comfortable environment with its excellent thermal insulation and UV protection. It has a Class A fire rating to meet building codes and can easily be wiped down.

I heard that Coronavirus could live on plastic for several days. What are you doing to limit the risk?

We have limited the number of people that come in contact with the material. When our plastic is delivered, it is quarantined to insure it does not spread the virus. Each one of our locations has implemented a cleaning and disinfection schedule according to CDC guidelines and limited the areas open to the public.