The downside of plexiglass windows is that they are highly prone to scratching. Unfortunately, that means you need to exercise special care when you clean them, much more care than you would use on standard glass windows. It’s important to know what type of cleaner and cloth to use on plexiglass windows to get rid of dirt, dust and smudges without scratching up the surface. Following these tips will help to ensure you have clean plexiglass windows.
1. Dirt Levels
The first thing to judge is how filthy the plexiglass windows actually are. This will determine how strong of a cleaning solution you will need to use. Where there is nothing more than a light coating of dust, water will suffice for cleaning the plexiglass windows, especially if the windows are located inside or partially inside.
With outside windows, you will need to use a homemade solution of non-abrasive cleaner mixed with water for cleaning, as dirt will have accumulated. Make sure there is absolutely no ammonia in the cleaner you use, as it will eat into the surface of the plexiglass windows and leave them looking cloudy.
Ammonia is not the only chemical substance you should avoid in an over-the-counter cleaner. Several other substances can have an adverse effect on the plexiglass. For example, it is vital to steer clear of anything with abrasives, as well as anything with solvents. This includes acetone, gasoline, and others. Likewise, keep away from anything aromatic, as well as traditional glass cleaners, halogens, and ketones.
As plexiglass windows are more prone to scratching than other types of glass surfaces, it is quite possible that yours are scratched. No need to worry. You can remove minor scratches and improve the clarity of vision through the windows.
Take some car wax and rub the scratch using the buffer that comes with the wax, which you should be able to find in any home improvement store or automobile store You can also use other rubbing compounds on the plexiglass windows to achieve the same end. Rub the scratch out gently. This will work as long as the scratches are not deep. By the time you finish, the scratch should be gone and you can clean the windows normally.
4. Light Cleaning
If you are just cleaning off dust and using water you still need to take a great deal of care. Use a clean cloth made of non-abrasive material. Wet it and begin to wash the plexiglass windows. It is important to keep wetting the cloth and turning it so you are constantly washing with a clean area of the cloth. This prevents the possibility of the dirt and dust you have just gathered on the cloth from transferring back to or scratching the plexiglass windows.
5. Heavier Cleaning
For a heavier cleaning, or if you are cleaning exterior plexiglass windows, soak the clean cloth in water, and then put some of the non-abrasive cleaner on it. Clean the window, turning the cloth and adding more cleaner often, and be careful to always turn to a clean area frequently to prevent smudging or scratching. Wring the cloth out often before adding more cleaner.
To finish, take another clean cloth and soak it in water. Then, wring it out and wash off the solution. As before, turn the cloth to a clean area regularly. Make sure you cover the entire area of the plexiglass windows to complete the cleaning. Check for any smears before you finish.