How to Clean Acrylic (Plexiglass) Safely

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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.

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