In my years of experience I've found this to be the best protocol for the care of Acrylic Windows.
Below my cleaning tips you will find the Manufacturer's recommendations
Proper cleaning and maintenance of the Acrylic Window vents is imperitive to ensuring the longevity and transparency of the product. With the proper care and alittle T.L.C we will make sure that you will enjoy your new Acrylic Windows for years to come.
I like to compare the cleaning of the Acrylic to cleaning the hood of a brand new car with a beautiful, shiny fire engine red paint job. Ask yourself, if the hood of the car was coated with mud, dirt, and grit, would you spray it with Windex and wipe it off with paper towels? Of course not! Would you try to remove the dirt with a squeegee? Definetly not!
Why you ask? Because it will leave fine scratches everywhere. I'm sure you have all brought a car to a self serve car wash and have seen the effects of dirty, gritty brushes on the paint. Swirl marks when the sun reflects off it! This is what we need to avoid. The Acrylic is very hard but it is not as hard as glass. You can scratch it if you abuse it with rough cloths and/or harsh cleaning solvents.
To properly clean, start by first hosing off the heavy dirt and grit. Then gently wash them with warm, soapy water. Use a mild dish soap like Dawn, Palmolive, or Dove. I find Dawn works the best. Make sure the bucket is clean also. A big soft sponge, diaper soft cloth, or microfiber cloth work well.
After wiping down the Acrylic, let them completely air dry. Now you can polish and shine them up using the Novus #1 Plastic Clean and Shine and the Diaper Soft Cloths I have provided you for free to show my appreciation for choosing John P Jordan Aluminum. It works beautifully. It will make the Acrlyic slick which in turn repels dust and water. This will help them stay clean for a longer period of time.
Cleaning and polishing cloths can be found at any auto parts store in the Car Detailing Section. I buy mine at Discount Auto or Advanced Auto Parts. The phone number and nearest location can be found in the phone book.
More Novus #1 Plastic Clean and Shine can be purchased at ACME Plastics. Their phone is (239)433-0404 and they are located at 14540 South Tamiami Trail (Rt. 41) in Ft. Myers just north of Lowes at the corner of Gladiolis next to the 8-Ball Lounge and Pool Hall. It is a very interestinng store and the owners are very nice people. Tell them John Jordan sent you.
In closing I will leave you with a simple set of guidlines to help you with maintenance:
- Do use virgin, unused cleaning cloths
- Don't reuse dirty cloths. The washing machine won't even get the grit out
- Do use mild dish soap
- Don't use any other cleaning product. No Windex, Vinegar, Fantastic, etc
- Do vacuum the tracks every six months
- Don't spray anything in the tracks. WD-40, Oil, etc, will attract more dirt
- Do pay attention when locking windows. Make sure the lock is lined up with the hole or damage may occur to the windows
- Do use common sense at all times
If all else fails, call me and I will do what I can to help.
Manufacturer's Acrylic Cleaning Tips
Transparency is the characteristic that makes Acrylic an ideal glazing material. But because the homeowner will be looking through the material, any surface blemish that attracts the eye can be very distracting. After the installation is complete, the appearance of most such flaws can be traced to improper cleaning.
The Right (and Wrong) Stuff
Using the wrong tools can abrade or scratch the acrylic; using the wrong cleaning compounds can "craze" the surface with tiny cracks, cause milky blotches, or otherwise violate the transparency of the glazing.
Any dust and dirt on the surface can act like sandpaper if rubbed with a cloth or over zealous hand. Or the cloth itself can do the damage if it is too rough or dirty.
Always use a clean, soft, damp cloth and a light touch. The ideal cleaning compound is just a weak solution of mild liquid soap and lukewarm water. The idea is to get the dirt off without grinding it in.
Do's and Do Not's
Do not use paper towels, old rags that may have grit in them, textured materials, or anything dry.
Do not use window cleaning sprays, harsh detergents, kitchen scouring compounds, solvents such as acetone, gasoline, benzene, alcohol, carbon, tetrachloride, or lacquer thinner.
Kerosene or aliphatic naphtha can be used to remove grease and oil.
Above and Beyond Washing
To protect the acrylic and maintain its surface gloss, polish occasionally with a good plastic cleaner and polish. To the cleaned surface, apply a thin, even coat with a soft, clean cloth and lightly buff with cotton flannel. Then wipe with a damp cloth to help nullify electrostatic charges that can attract dust.
Commercially available scratch removers can help improve the appearance of scratched or abraded acrylic. Follow the manaufacturer's instructions. Be sure to remove all residue.