17.3.09

How to CLEAN and CARE for LUCITE

Lucite and acrylic (which is the generic name for this plastic), have become popular materials for furniture,tables, lamps, hardware, trays etc. It is important to clean and care for lucite properly from the start as it is a somewhat delicate material. Proper steps should be exercised in cleaning lucite.

Lucite Lamp - My Kitchen

Phillip Starck Ghost Chairs Patricia Gray Inc

Lucite Phillip Starck Ghost Chairs - Photo Patricia Gray Inc Lucite Vanity Legs Elle Decor

Lucite Vanity Legs Elle Decor

Lucite Cabinet Handles Patricia Gray image

Lucite cabinet handles / Lucite Tray

Clean lucite with hot soapy water using a soft cloth. The type of polishing cloth you use will make a difference. The ideal cloth is nonabrasive, absorbent, and lint free. To eliminate any chance of scratching lucite , use only disposable cloths. Reusable cloths can retain abrasive particles, but you won't know for sure until the damage is done.

Do not use sprays such as Windex or Fantastic on lucite. Care, Caring for, Cleaning for Lucite and Acrylic

This kit from from Novus Polish is great to have on hand.

1. Cleans all plastics(lucite) without scratching. Leaves a lustrous shine that resists fogging, repels dust, and eliminates static. 2. Removes fine scratches, haziness and abrasions from most plastics(lucite). Repeated use restores faded and discolored plastics. 3. Removes heavy scratches and abrasions from most acrylic(lucite) surfaces. The talented Aaron R Thomas designs custom Lucite furniture in Orange County CA, and recommends this Acrylic Furniture Lucite Cleaning and Polishing Kit. Also check out Maison 21 for other tips. i ♥ lucite- maison21 explains the care and feeding of one of his favorite materials

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36 comments:

  1. I love the way lucite furniture doesn't take up too much visual space! But...I never thought of how to clean it. I have a JM lamp with a lucite base and top, and they always looked a bit milky.

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  2. I so enjoy a little lucite "something" in a room!!
    Victoria

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  3. these are great tips... thank you. and i love your post about things about you..so fun... love your blog...so much!

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  4. AMEN! Scratches lucite looks terrible!
    Love the lamp!

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  5. Thats a great lamp in your kitchen:)
    Rikke - Oslo - Norway

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  6. Such useful info. I LOVE posts like this!! (All of this I didn't know as I have no lucite! :)

    xoxo

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  7. Thanks Patricia!

    -Anne
    Aaron R Thomas, Inc

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  8. Gorgeous post Patricia - I love the bathroom, the lucite legs on the basin look amazing!

    Thanks so much for sending through the updated link - it really bothered me that I was unable to fix it before! Tracey xx

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  9. I have those the Starck Ghost chairs in my house! Thank you for the scoop on how to clean.
    Coco of Cococozy

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  10. Anonymous17/3/09

    Thanks for the care tips!

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  11. John from Vancouver17/3/09

    I have seen Aaron's work and it is great.

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  12. I know exactly where that photo of the lucite handles was taken :)

    Love that living room photo! Beautiful.

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  13. I linked to you today. I adore adore adore the lucite faucet! And I'm not a huge fan of lucite.

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  14. Twosinks18/3/09

    I am ordering the care kit today! I have been hesitant to allow people to actually sit in my ghost chair for fear of scratching.

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  15. Lucite makes the world go round...great post, thanks!

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  16. Great info - no-one ever thinks of how to clean these things when you buy them .. it's only once they are safely ensconced in the home that you worry about it!

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  17. I don't have any lucite...it is interesting to me, may need to investigate further. :>)
    I like that "chandelier" with the notes...is that in your home as well? That is a fabulous statement.
    Blessings...

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  18. This is one of those entries that I so needed to read. My black ghost chairs at the studio look so dull - I clean them with windex (I know - I know but I am mexican and we use windex for absolutely everything - God bless Amonia -)

    I will try the kit - where can you buy it?

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  19. Hi Ivan
    You can buy the cleaning kit from Aaron Thomas
    http://www.aaronrthomas.com/acrylic-furniture-lucite-cleaning-polishing-kit-p/c-fp-1.htm

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  20. Hi Renae
    The "chandelier" with the notes is in a Family Room that I decorated for clients.
    Here is the link to look at the portfolio pictures:
    http://patriciagrayinc.com/projects/laurel.html

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  21. This is WONDERFUL! Thanks Patricia!

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  22. Thanks for the lucite cleaning tips... and for more lucite eye candy!! :-)

    BTW, love the green & blue painting in the picture with the Phillip Starck chairs. I saw it in another picture on your blog a while back and decided I want one just like it!!

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  23. No problem,anyday, anytime...you such a great blogger and love your style for anything interior design. I updated my list as you said. I hope you have a great weekend

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  24. Oh how funny. I recently saw this lamp and paused to consider buying it. I loved it! Unfortunately, my frugal self did not purchase the lamp. Enjoy!

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  25. thanks for the mention, patricia! can a make a amendment to your post though? instead of hot soapy water, i recommend lukewarm- high temps can sometimes cause lucite to cloud. water from teh tap probably isn't to enough, but why risk it?

    lovely post on one of my favorite materials.

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  26. Anonymous20/3/09

    hi patricia...i really like the note chandelier...do you know where i could get one like that? thank you and i love your blog and inspirational ideas.....

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  27. Just don't drop it! I have this fantastic little lucite clock in my bathroom that I dropped onto it's corner while cleaning! What an ugly mess it created on my clock!

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  28. Great post, I have the same lucite lamp in my living / media room. Great minds , pick things alike!
    Leslie
    lamaisonfou blog

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  29. Sandra23/3/09

    Thank-you for this information on HOW TO CLEAN LUCITE. I have several pieces and I always wondered what was the best way to clean them.

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  30. Anonymous25/3/09

    love, love lucite lucite lucite.
    thanks for the care and how to clean lucite tips

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  31. Thanks again for all your lovely emails and comments on this post. You are amazing!
    xx
    Patricia

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  32. http://sajinteriors.blogspot.com22/10/09

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE Lucite and it is great to know how to care for it. Those Ghost chairs look amazing in that room with that blast of FUNKY green in the art work, LOVE THAT!

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  33. I agree and will bookmark this page and be back to follow you more.

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  34. As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me.
    Thank you Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that.
    Nice to see some original content for once. I'll subscribe to your rss feed to get future updates.

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  35. abhi3/4/12

    Nice review

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  36. Anonymous10/9/12

    dear ms.gray,
    help.....please tell me how to remove old brown glue that was holding the elctrical wire from my lucite koch and lowy floor lamp..what polish would you recommend and what glue will dry clear so that i can re attach the electrical cord to the lamp.....thank you...marion
    e-mail mkk1943@aol.com

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