How to Guide: Cleaning & Maintaining Acrylic Bar Stools

16th May 2018

How to clean and maintain your acrylic bar stools

Acrylic bar stools are generally a great investment. They're massively popular for a number of reasons. Firstly, they come in a wide variety of colours due to the flexibility of the material. Secondly, they're pretty cheap as acrylic is a low-cost option. And last but not least, they're incredibly easy to clean and look after. You don't need any special products to keep them looking nice and you don't have to worry about any spills or messes! Of course, they can get scratched but generally, this isn't a massive problem. Keep reading to find out how to maintain your acrylic bar stools to a high standard.

What you'll need:

  • Duster or microfiber cloth
  • Baby wipes
  • White spirit
  • Kitchen roll
  • Perspex polish (for scratches)
  • 800 and 1200 grit Sanding paper

Important tip: Do not use ammonia on acrylic, it will cause the material to become cloudy. Always check ingredients of any cleaning products you might use.

The Method

  1. You should regularly dust your acrylic bar stools using a light feather duster or microfiber cloth.
  2. If there are any marks, use a damp cloth to wipe away. If it's only a light mark, it should come away in an instant.
  3. For tougher stains which aren't coming away, try using a baby wipe. Rub the stained area thoroughly with a baby wipe.
  4. If you find that the mark is very stubborn, the last resort should be to blot with white spirit. Pour some white spirit onto a piece of kitchen roll and dab gently.
  5. In the unfortunate case that any scratches do happen (which is highly unlikely with durable acrylic), follow this next step. To tackle any scratches, you might need to go out and purchase special materials.
  6. Start by soaking 800 grit sandpaper in water and then in circular motions, rub against the scratched area for a few minutes.
  7. Then, soak the 1200 grit sandpaper and repeat the process above, until all scratches have disappeared.
  8. Dry with a soft cloth then use a different dry cloth to apply your plastic polish. In a circular motion again, apply gently and repeat until you have your desired finish.

Quick tip: If the scratch is deep enough to catch your fingernail, it's worth either leaving alone or getting a professional in to deal with it.

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