There are some things to first consider before jumping in. THIS IS NOT GLASS :)
Before you begin cleaning your acrylic or plexiglass panel of fingerprints, dust, and dirt, clear the surrounding area of any objects that may obstruct your working space. Always use a micro fiber cloth to avoid damaging your panel as paper towels are likely to create scratches when used. Wet the cloth with a commercial plastic cleaner or mild soap and water to remove dirt and debris or with soapy water. For tough grease, oil, or tar residue, use commercial grade hexane or kerosene. After wetting the cloth, start lightly blotting the acrylic then gently spread the solution onto the entire surface. Use the dry side of the cloth to buff the area and remove any lingering liquid or suds. Avoid aggressively rubbing the plexiglass as this may cause scratches.
Additionally, buffing or polishing acrylic reduces the risk of future stains, allowing for more time between cleanings. Let sit for a moment before checking for any remaining streams. If any are left over, rewet the cloth and dry again.
Don'ts: There are a couple of cleaning items that you'll want to stay away from. In fact, using the wrong cleaning product can completely damage your acrylic displays to the point that they become unusable!
- Do not use paper towels because they will not remove scratches and may even cause them. Stick with micro-fiber type of cloth.
- Avoid ammonia-based products, like Windex or other home glass cleaners, because they contain harmful chemicals that will actually damage the surface leaving it cloudy looking. Soapy water is the safest and most effective cleaning solution for acrylic.
Follow these instructions to help avoid scratching you sheet acrylic product. Enjoy the benefits of a truly unique product for all your crafting and DIY needs.