How to clean acrylic & perspex and keep dust free

Due to the nature of the product, acrylic unfortunately will attract dust. If you try to clean it with an ordinary dust cleaner it can make matters worse by creating a positive charge attracting further dust to the material. At Arcola Products most of our acrylic fabrications are made from acrylic plastic and acrylic glass (plexiglass or perspex -this is a brand name). Using acrylic keeps our products strong, beautiful and yet sturdy, you may have seen in high end shops glossy panels, the material really does lend itself to a high quality look and feel. But like all things, there comes a time when you need to keep it clean. Dust can be a real issue as it the material can become static and attract dust from the air. There is an anti-static acrylic that you can purchase although this tends to be quite expensive, however if you’re cladding walls, opting for anti-static is definitely a good option.

Cleaning our products is as simple as can be, all you need is some household polish or dust remover and a clean anti-static cloth. Or if you can get your hands on a acrylic polish – even better! An acrylic polish such as Xerapol (we buy this low cost in bulk so if you do need some just contact us!) will even remove scratches using a unique special polishing paste. With a little bit of elbow grease the perspex should shine bright as new. Applying polish to the acrylic will help form an anti-static barrier that will repel dust and makes it more resistant any scratches.

Water and a soft cloth cleans acrylic

Never use just a dry cloth, as this may scratch the surface if the cloth has already been used and picked up any small pieces. If you don’t have any of the above Perspex panels can simply be cleaned with cold water and a little detergent and can then be cleaned using chamois leather or a soft cloth. This has the advantage of removing all static from the panel which might otherwise attract dust.

Thee use of solvents such as methylated spirits, turpentine, white spirit is neither necessary nor recommended.

Cleaning acrylic has never been easier!

Removing Scratches from Perspex

This needs to be done by a professional as it involves using sandpaper and polishing methods in order to remove the scratches. Please note that if the scratch is too deep it may be impossible to remove. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance. We may be able to clean it for you or replace the part entirely. If you do need to replace the part, feel free to use our cut to size calculator which will allow you to purchase a new panel in the size you need it in variety of materials.

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  • stanislavblagoev

    Really helpful article, we have acrylic greenhouse windows and cleaning them can be a nightmare!

    • ALI

      …especially if you are an older person like myself !

      • farfaraway11

        …or if you’re a lazy person like myself XD

  • Vedran Trajkowsky

    thank you very much.

  • Radu

    Definitely do not use baking soda lol

  • elinika666

    wondered why I was using paper towel and it was going all smeary, tnx for the tips

  • Matt Johnson

    We have some acrylic window panes for a shed in our garden I tried cleaning them but they went cloudy, I used a regular window cleaner but I can’t seem to get to remove the cloudyness. Do you have any suggestions on how to remove the stain?

  • Laszlo Czaba

    my window panes have gone yellowish , what’s happened?

    • Matt Johnson

      I think that’s something to do with the age

    • Renato Vugi

      Definitely a result of aging.

    • arcolaprojects

      Hi Laszlo,

      Unfortunately this is a result of aging. Acrylic is usually only guaranteed up to 10 years before it begins to turn yellow from long periods in the Sun. If you need any new panels cut, just let us know and we’d be happy to help you out :)

  • Andrea Wurz

    Do you think it will be ok if I use a hairdryer on the acrylic sheet? Or will it crack and explode

    • http://frankbauerfcb.de/ Frank Bauer

      do it gradually and you shouldn’t have any issues.

  • http://jacquerenaix.freeweb.fr/ Jacque Renaix

    How would I go about getting candle wax off an acrylic sheet? I used my finger nails to scrap them off and now there is patch mark on the acrylic surface, any ideas?

    • Matt Johnson

      Try to wipe with a sponge dipped in a solution of washing soda or detergent and water

  • William

    I simply adore you guys !! Nicely written article

  • neil shepherd

    My boat canopy has perspex(plastic) windows The salt water has left a sticky residue on the front window restricting my view .Can I purchase anything to clean it ?
    Regards Shep

    • arcolaprojects

      Hi Neil,

      The best thing would be to clean with warm soapy water, to remove sticky residue, but try a small area first as we do not know 100% what the sticky residue left behind is. If you need a new panel cut to size we’d be happy to send you a quote just pop us an email over at hello@arcolaproducts.co.uk.

  • GeraldVonberger

    It’s really interesting to see how the cleaning process is different than normal glass and clear plastic. It seems like as long as you do it the right way, you can avoid scratches and other issues. I also like the tips on how to remove scratches from perspex if you end up getting them. http://www.hillsplastic.com.au/services.html

  • sue

    We have a Perspex board which we write on with white board markers and was wondering the best thing to use to clean it.

    • arcolaprojects

      Hi Sue,

      The best way to clean a white board is to use alcohol wipes. Be careful though as wipes with high alcohol percentage could end up cracking the perspex.

      Something like this will do the job nicely: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004IZAUFS

      Hope this helps!