The use of perspex or acrylic glass at home has been on the rise for quite some time now. In areas where the need for a break-resistant plastic is paramount, for instance, garage doors, storm doors and basement windows, you should go for acrylic plastic rather than glass. While the use of perspex is more functional -- due to its dependability and resilience -- than aesthetic, taking good care of it is important. Such care begins with proper polishing, which should be done differently compared to conventional glass polishing. The following are tips to polishing perspex for homeowners.
Preparatory Wiping -- Before you polish acrylic glass, you need to prepare it first. Such preparation is meant to remove large dirt deposits and can be achieved by using a dump paper towel or washcloth. Use circular motions. Additionally, when wiping, it is recommended that you start from the bottom and work your way up steadily. You should note that the more dirt you remove during preparatory wiping, the easier it will be to do the polishing.
Avoid Commercial Glass Cleaners -- Many glass cleaners use ammonia as their main cleaning ingredient. However, despite its effectiveness as a cleaning agent, it tends to dull the surfaces of acrylic glass. After you install perspex glass on your windows or doors, make sure that you shop for a specific cleaning detergent for that kind of plastic. However, if you do not want to use commercial cleaning products, you can opt for a homemade cleaning solution. For instance, in a spray bottle, combine equal parts of warm water and white vinegar. This solution will not only make perspex sparkle, but it will remove any mold deposits.
Sponging -- Once you have done the preparatory wiping and have your cleaning solution, it is time to do the actual polishing. First, spray the cleaning solution on every part of the acrylic glass. Follow this up by using a sponge to polish the surface of the plastic vigorously. Polishing should follow a circular motion and this process should be repeated several times for best results. Once you have finished polishing, spray the surface with warm water to remove the cleaning solution.
Use Squeegee For Drying -- Drying perspex glass after polishing is the last part of the polishing process and should be done correctly. Since polishing will not remove all the streaks, you are better of using a squeegee to dry perspex. As you use a squeegee during the drying process, make sure that you apply enough pressure to remove any water drops, streaks or cleaning solution remaining.