Acrylic furniture is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to glass. Acrylic is a clear plastic that closely resembles glass but has the benefit of being lighter and stronger than glass. It is important to take care of modern acrylic furniture to prevent the crystal clear quality of the acrylic from becoming dulled.
When caring for furniture such as an acrylic side table, household cleaning products such as Windex and 409 should be avoided. The chemicals in household cleaners can damage the acrylic and make it appear dulled. Instead, the acrylic side table should be cleaned with a soft cloth to prevent scratching the surface. Use hot soapy water and gently scrub the surface. To further prevent scratches, use only disposable clothes to clean modern acrylic furniture. A previously used cloth can contain rough particles that may scratch the surface of the furniture.
Plastic cleaners can also be an effective method to clean acrylic furniture. However, be sure that the plastic cleaner is designed for acrylic material. Avoid any cleaning products that contain ammonia. Ammonia will damage acrylic material and disfigure the surface. Spray the acrylic piece with the plastic cleaner and use a clean soft towel to polish the material. Once polished, rinse the acrylic piece with warm water and dry it off with a new towel.
Acrylic material is often used in art, particularly sculptures. Liquid acrylic can be shaped and molded into specific designs, then welded together. The result is a beautiful piece that contains multiple color variations. An acrylic sculpture has the tendency to collect dust and dirt. In order to preserve the clear shiny quality of an acrylic sculpture, it is important to clean it on a regular basis.
Cleaning an acrylic sculpture requires care and tenderness. Begin by wiping the sculpture down with a soft cloth to remove the loose dust or dirt that may have accumulated. Always wear latex gloves when handling acrylic sculptures to prevent transferring excess oil to the sculpture. After wiping away the loose dust, rinse the soft cloth in warm or hot water and add a small amount of dish washing liquid to a plastic bowl along with several cups of water. Dip the soft cloth into the bowl of soap and water then gently use it to wipe the sculpture down. Use a separate wet cloth to wash away the soap residue. Finally, gently pat the surface of the sculpture with a separate and dry soft cloth.