Also called acrylic, by definition, Plexiglass is a petroleum-based thermoplastic. For industry heads, plexiglass can be referred to as PMMA. It is constructed from polymethyl methacrylate via a specially monitored manufacturing process. The polymethyl methacrylate — a monomer — reacts with a catalyst before it is crafted into flat sheets.
Plexiglass is shatter-resistant. Furthermore, it’s lightweight and, when compared to glass, is cheaper. With these unique characteristics, Plexiglass has found usage in different niches. For starters, it has found application in aquariums can be used as a sound barrier, a component for display cases, picture frames, and brochure holders.
Primarily, Plexiglass has been used in hospitals and other medical establishments. This is due in no small part to its resistance to wear and tear. Furthermore, it’s easy to clean and won’t get damaged during the cleaning process.
More recently, with the current COVID-19 climate, Plexiglass has found relevance as a piece of protective equipment. Many organizations in different niches are using these functional, resistant sheets as social distancing partitions where applicable.
This means they can be used between office desks in co-working spaces. Also, they can be used to partition sinks in bathrooms, restaurant booths and more. Plexiglass has even found application in fashion niches. For instance, nail salons are using it to separate customers and employees. Even the movie theatres are using Plexiglass to separate seats, ensuring that social distancing rules are followed and guaranteeing customer safety.
Thin, flat, and transparent, Plexiglass offers protection from nose and mouth droplets. More importantly, this material can do this without a significant trade-off in aesthetics and user accessibility.
Plexiglass — The Key Features
Here’s why Plexiglass material is highly recommended for companies that are looking to ensure customer and employee safety in the current climate.
Plexiglass is lightweight. This means it can be installed on most surfaces without worries about overloading the structure.
Can resist breakage and possible damage — even with errant customers and cleaners.
Easy To Mold
Plexiglass can be molded and bent into different shapes based on the unique need. More importantly, this shape altering process can be done industrially or by hand.
Depending on the aesthetic needs, Plexiglass can be dyed to different shades.
Sheets can be cut to fit different building, design, and safety needs.
Installation is easy and seamless.
How to Clean Plexiglass
With the stringent health and safety requirements needed for businesses to open, it’s a plus that maintaining Plexiglass is an easy job. Unlike glass, Plexiglass can take more of a beating during the cleaning process. Additionally, it can be easily uninstalled, subjected to a thorough cleaning process, and then re-installed.
The cleaning process for Plexiglass starts with getting rid of dust and debris on the surface. This can be quickly done with a hairdryer or related equipment. However, take special care to set the dryer to the coldest setting. Hot air and Plexiglass do not mix.
Take care to remove every foreign particle before the next cleaning step. Scrubbing dirty Plexiglas with a microfiber cloth will only scratch the glass, reducing the aesthetic value.
For proper disinfection and maximum safety, the next step involves cleaning with a solution of genetic dish soap and water. Simply angle the sheet of Plexiglass at an angle of 45 degrees and pour the solution over it.
Alternatively, the Plexiglass can be sprayed with the solution. After spraying, give time for the solution to run down the length of the glass. Once this is done, wipe the Plexiglass with a clean microfiber cloth. Avoid using products that have ammonia, polish, or acetone on Plexiglass.