When new windows are installed in the home, you want to keep them looking their best, which makes understanding what exactly acrylic is important, as well as knowing which cleaning products work best to keep the windows clean. A few instructions on vinegar as a cleaning supply will assist in this process.
Acrylic Windows Defined
Acrylic windows are an energy efficient and eco-friendly alternative to traditional windows as the lightweight acrylic insulates well and is fairly easy to manufacture. The acrylic is also a bit more flexible than glass or Plexiglas, making it more difficult for this type of window to break.
Acrylic is more delicate than your typical glass or Plexiglas window structure, so avoid harmful cleaning ingredients and tools. Never use harsh scrubbing pads or strong chemical cleaning agents. Instead use only mild cleaners that remove the residue but that will not eat through the acrylic, and use soft cleaning rags that will rub away residue without damaging the surface. Never use glass cleaner on acrylic windows.
Never use vinegar to clean your acrylic windows. While vinegar is a strong and powerful cleaning tool that can safely be used on traditional glass or Plexiglas windows, it is too acidic for acrylic surfaces and will quickly damage your windows.
Use a very mild cleansing agent such as dish soap. Mix about 1 qt. of water with a few drops of dish soap. Agitate the water with your hand or a soft sponge or cleaning rag to create soap suds. Wipe down the acrylic windows gently with a cloth or sponge moistened slightly with this cleaner. Wipe down the windows with a clean, damp rag, and follow up with a soft, dry rag to collect leftover moisture.