Acrylic surfaces are generally quite durable and will give you years of loyal use, though they need specialised cleaning in order to keep them damage-free and looking better for longer. Acrylics are known to do with wipe-only cleaning but they tend to get scratched so you need to be careful when choosing your cleaning materials and products.
Recommended cleaning materials:
A soft, colourfast rag, preferably cotton; an antistatic cleaning cloth is also an option; mild detergent suitable for acrylic surfaces.
Unsuitable cleaning materials:
Scouring pads; rough sponges; scouring powders; ammonia based cleaning solvents; bleaches;
It is also recommended to avoid using glass cleaning products on acrylic surfaces. Although this might seem tempting, even logical acrylic scratches much easier than glass, and the active ingredients in the glass cleaning product can ruin the acrylic surface permanently.
Correct cleaning method:
Use a soft, damp cloth to gently wipe the acrylic surface. If there are sticky or gummy stains on the surface, put some elbow grease into it, but do not use any solvents.
DO NOT use the same towel that you use for other surfaces around the house. Hard particles and chemical substances retained by the towel will scratch the gentle acrylic surface, so use a different towel altogether.
What you should NOT do when cleaning acrylic surfaces:
do not use scouring products and similar materials of any kind;
do not apply aggressive chemical solvents on acrylic surfaces, ever;
do not use glass cleaners of any kind on acrylics;
Sometimes, scratches still occur even when you have been extra careful with your acrylic cleaning practices. In some cases, this can be attributed to the age and quality of the acrylic coating on the surface. Acrylics will not break or dent easily but they suffer from scratches and scuff marks. You can deal with scratches on your own using specialised treatment products. There are acrylic cleaning systems available that deal with scratches and also provide for antistatic and dust protection.
Why not use glass cleaner on acrylic, when the two surfaces appear the same:
Although glass and high end acrylics can appear similar, they are quite different in strength and durability. Glass, being a much harder compound will resist mechanical damage much more than acrylics would. More so, active ingredients in glass cleaning solutions like alcohol or ammonia can ‘burn’ the top surface layer and make it unsightly.