Acrylic, or Plexiglas, are extremely popular options for picture frame glazing. This type of frame glazing is lightweight and shatter proof, making it ideal for large framing projects or frames in children’s rooms and playrooms. Like traditional glass glazing, acrylic glazing also comes in UV-filter and non-glare varieties to further protect photos and art.
While acrylic glazing has many advantages, it is more prone to scratching that glass. This means that traditional cleaning and dusting methods could damage your frame. For instance, paper towels are basically ground up wood pulp, making them too rough for cleaning acrylic. To protect your frame and keep your art visible, use these acrylic-safe cleaning supplies.
In place of dusting or cleaning with a paper towel, use a smooth microfiber towel to wipe down your frames. This allows you to really dig into the corners of the frame and trap any dust or dirt with damaging any part of the frame. Plus, they’re good for the environment as they’re machine washable and reusable.
Lint-free options are best to keep the frame’s viewing area clean and clear. This style of towel won’t scratch the acrylic and won’t leave particles behind.
You also want to pay attention to the cleaners you use. Alcohol-based cleaners can be damaging to acrylic plastic and other common cleaning ingredients can seep through the frame and damage the art or photo. When cleaning or dusting picture frames, avoid any cleaners that contain ammonia since it can be harmful to the artwork. This is especially important to pay attention to since some of the most common glass cleaners contain some level of ammonia.
To avoid the issue altogether, opt for an art-specific cleaner to care for your frames. Brillianize is an all-in-one frame glazing cleaner and polisher that is safe for use on plastic, glass, acrylic and most hard, shiny surfaces (like metal picture frames). It’s ammonia-free and alcohol-free, meaning it’s safe for the frame and the art. It also reduces static charge on and around the frame, helping to prevent dust build-up on the frame.
By taking these simple precautions, you can keep your picture frames looking like new for years to come.