How to Clean Plexiglas With What You Have

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You can use common household items to clean Plexiglas. Plexiglas is the trademarked brand name of the first acrylic plastic sheets ever created, and is now used as a generic term to describe all acrylic plastic sheets. This tough, light-weight and shatterproof material is often used instead of glass for skylights, fish tanks and framed artwork. Although the two materials have similar uses, you cannot clean Plexiglas the same way you clean regular glass. Plexiglas is quite susceptible to scratching, so you must use extra care when cleaning this material.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Water
  • 1 tsp. mild dishwashing soap or laundry detergent
  • 1 pint lukewarm water
  • Spray bottle
  • Choose a cleaning cloth. You need a soft cloth to prevent scratching your Plexiglas. Use a microfiber cloth, cheesecloth, terry cloth, jersey cloth, cotton flannel or another type of nonabrasive cloth that you have around the house.

  • Dust your Plexiglas. Blow off any surface dust and dirt. Wet your cloth with water and wring it out over the plastic sheet to float off the remaining dirt and dust. Repeat this process until your Plexiglas looks clean. Don't scrub with the cloth, or you will scratch the surface.

  • Make a mild cleaning solution to get rid of stubborn dirt and dust. Combine 1 tsp. of mild dishwashing soap or laundry detergent with 1 pint of lukewarm water. Pour this solution into a spray bottle.

  • Spray the cleaning solution onto your Plexiglass. Gently wipe it off with your cloth, constantly turning or rinsing the cloth so that you always wipe the sheet with a clean section of material. Repeat these steps until your Plexiglass looks smooth and glossy. Blot the Plexiglas dry with a clean, barely damp cloth. (page 32)

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean your Plexiglas whenever you notice dust or dirt on the surface. Allowing these particles to build up gives the plastic sheet a cloudy appearance.
  • Never use paper towels on Plexiglas because the coarse fibers can scratch and streak the surface.
  • Don't wipe your Plexiglas with a dirty cloth because it will scratch the surface.

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