How To Clean Your Acrylic Print

How To Clean Your Acrylic Print

Don'ts

Never allow any hard objects to come in contact with the surface of your acrylic print. Letting hard or rigid objects come up against acrylic can cause permanent damage and indentation. When you are storing or transferring your acrylic print, always make sure the image and the surface is well protected.

Never try to apply any solvents or cleaning products to your acrylic print. This is because solvents and cleaning agents may actually work to embed dirt and grime into the print, and cause permanent liquid marks and streaks that will be impossible to remove. It is actually discouraged to use any liquids at all to clean acrylic, including water, as that too can damage sensitive acrylic.

Do's

The best way to clean acrylic is with compressed air in a can because it avoids you having to make contact of any kind with the surface. Another recommended method is to use a dry soft sable brush to gently brush away any any dirt or dust that may have accumulated on the surface. Take care not to scratch the acrylic while doing this. If you notice that the paint has already been damaged in any way, avoid dusting it altogether as it could make matters far worse.

The back of the painting can usually be cleaned using a gentle vacuum head. It is also highly recommended that you use a dust cover on the back of the print to avoid having to clean it altogether. If you find that after a long time neither the sable brush or the canned air is doing the job, you can always seek out the help of trusted professionals who have experience looking after and maintaining acrylic.

Acrylic looks incredible, but the fine details come with a delicateness to match. If you aren't confident that you can employ the above cleaning methods yourself without damaging your acrylic print, play it safe and have a professional do the job right.