How to Clean and Care for Acrylic

Acrylic has three qualities that make it an excellent substitute for glass in picture framing. It is shatterproof, lightweight and an excellent thermal insulator. Acrylic does require some special care and handling. Listed below are suggestions for cleaning and caring for acrylic.

Cleaning:

Reducing Static Charge:

Before removing the protective cover, dampen a soft cloth with water and wipe down all the edges. After removing the protective cover, you can use an acrylic cleaner such as Brillianize Acrylic Cleaner & Polish applied to both sides of the acrylic to reduce static electricity.

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Mark Rogers is an amateur photographer and the founder of Frame Destination, Inc. In 2004 Mark realized the framing industry was not keeping up with the evolution of photography via new digital technology and started Frame Destination in his garage. Now his company has thousands of do-it-yourself framing customers across the US that it helps with its 11,000 square feet production facility in Dallas, TX.

3 thoughts on “How to Clean and Care for Acrylic”

  • Tim The Atlanta Picture Framer

    Great tips. Two additional recommendations I'd make regarding acrylic, so that hopefully the need to clean it is kept to an absolute minimum:

    1) Don't take the protective covering off the acrylic until EVERYTHING else is done, or as much as is possible, and you're ready to put it all together and close it up. Even after wiping it down--great suggestion, I do this too--acrylic still has an amazing static charge. And even when the air seems very clean, acrylic will suck the dust out of the air and onto itself. Keeping it clean is a lot easier than getting it clean.

    2) Assemble your picture immediately. Don't use the bathroom, don't answer the phone, don't get distracted. It's a lot like glue drying...the longer you wait, the worse it gets.

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