Cleaning Plastic Surfaces | Anyclean

updated: 16/11/2023

While plastic is found everywhere, it is most common in offices where there are always a large number of plastic surfaces. The reason for this is because plastic is so strong and easy to maintain. However, that does not mean it doesn’t require cleaning. While this will be done by your office cleaning services, its best to clean up spills and stains while they are fresh just in case they affect the finish of the plastic.

To begin you need to mix a small amount of general household detergent in a bucket of water. The quantity depends on the area to be cleaned. Do not make the solution too strong. A gentle foam when agitated, is enough. If it is too strong, soap stains may remain after the cleaning. Dip a clean soft cloth in the solution and wipe the dirt off the plastic surfaces. If it is a large vertical area, start at the top and work your way down. If there is a danger of the liquid falling on a carpet, either remove it or cover it with a plastic sheet.

Dry off any residual dampness with a clean cloth or paper towels. Now spray the cleaned surface with a general purpose household cleaner and immediately wipe with a sponge. Rub hard on any stubborn stains. If you are using a double surfaced sponge, do not use the rough side – it may scratch the plastic finish. Buff with a soft paper towel to bring back the shine to the plastic.

If the plastic has a glossy finish and you notice that there are stains or streaks from the water or the soap after you have finished the cleaning, spray the area with a mild glass cleaner and wipe away the marks.

If the plastic surface is textured, a slightly different approach will have to be taken. Dampen the plastic with the water and detergent solution. Use a nylon brush in a circular motion to scrub away at the dirt and grime. Again, do not rub so hard that the surface gets damaged. After the scrubbing wipe the surface with a paper towel and then rinse it off with a cloth and plain water. Dry with a soft cloth and then buff with a paper towel to bring back the shine.

For stubborn stains, try rubbing gently with alcohol or vinegar. Or you could apply a paste of baking soda and water to the stain (do not rub it – it will act as an abrasive and damage the finish). Wipe the surface with a damp cloth.

About the author 

Nick Vassilev

Nick blogs about cleaning. He is a cleaning expert with more than 25 years of experience. He is also an NCCA-certified carpet cleaner. Founder and CEO of Anyclean.