How to Clean Clear Acrylics

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Clear acrylic is most often found in picture frames and window glass. Particularly for people with kids, this glass can become very dirty with fingerprints and other debris. While cleaning clear acrylic glass may not seem like a difficult technique, regular window cleaners can ruin the clear glass and make it cloudy. These cleaners and scrubbers can also scratch the surface. There is, however, a proper technique for cleaning clear acrylics that will not harm the glass in the process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Non-abrasive detergent
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Soft cloths

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  1. 1

    Inspect the surface of the clear acrylic to determine how much dirt will need to be cleaned off. Mix one part water with one part non-abrasive detergent in a bowl.

  2. 2

    Stir the mixture with a spoon. Dip a cloth in the mixture and wet it completely. Swab the cloth gently on the window surface where the dirt and grime is. Dab carefully and rinse the dirt away with the water and detergent mixture.

  3. 3

    Move on to the next dirt patch and continue around all of the acrylic until the dirt has been completely removed.

  4. 4

    Clean off the glass with a second dry cloth. Dab at the wet spots on the acrylic and turn the cloth over periodically to keep a clean side of cloth on the glass. Avoid rubbing the dirt on the surface because it can cause more scratching to the acrylic.

  5. 5

    Look over the acrylic to make sure all the dirt and gunk has been removed. Check to verify that it is dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid using any cleaning products with ammonia because it will eat through the surface and leave it looking cloudy.

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