Cleaning Acrylic Windows

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diver cleaning aquarium tank

Dirt cannot cling to the smooth surfaces of acrylic. But, plastics might become statically charged and, as a result, attract dust. Out of doors this is usually prevented by air and moisture, whereas in closed rooms this phenomenon is promoted by mechanical friction at the plastics’ surfaces, air currents and dry air.

Dust is removed with water and some dishwashing liquid, using a soft, non-linting cloth or sponge. Never wipe the acrylic surface dry. A Microclean cloth or other non-fuzzing paper towel, slightly dampened with water, has a streak-free cleaning effect. In case above mentioned dust attraction poses a problem for your environment you might want to use special antistatic plastic cleaning sets as available in the Plexiglas-Shop

Acrylic is the best glazing material to be used underwater. How to clean the water side of the glazing? Obviously the use of detergents is prohibited, as this would spoil the surrounding water in the tank. Most large scale aquaria and many small aquaria use acrylic. Some sort of algea is able to grow on the glazing surface, so cleaning once in a while is necessary. The most popular method is to use standard window washers. You will not need to use cleaning liquid – the algea can be easily brushed off.

To remove more obstinate and especially greasy stains from acrylic, petroleum ether or benzine may be used. Hydrosight used to recommend Isopropanol for this. If used, it should be done in small quantities and short time. As analysed by Stachiw 30 minutes of Ispopropanol load can cause severe crazing in Plexiglas at 37 deg. C.

Large acrylic surfaces can be cleaned with high pressure cleaners. Use pressure of 50 to 100 bar and a water temperature of 50 to 80 degree Celsius.

If the acrylic itself is damaged the acrylic surface can be treated with polishing.


Categories: Technology of Glazing under Pressure
Created: 22 March 2013
Last Modified: 25 July 2015

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