Today, we have already ceased to notice the plastic products around us, because it has largely replaced metal, wood, glass, down to the details of machines and mechanisms.
Despite its capabilities and universal characteristics, it has a very unpleasant property - to turn yellow when exposed to sunlight and heat.
The following 10 reliable ways to help restore the original whiteness of all plastic surfaces without much effort and labor.
Using penny means you can whiten yellowed plastic surfaces.
Although nowadays products made from natural materials are in fashion, plastic has so intruded into our life that we don’t even notice it until it loses its original appearance. Such popularity is due not only to cheapness and affordability, but also to its unsurpassed characteristics: strength, durability, water resistance, resistance to aggressive media. But, despite all the versatility, he also requires proper care? and if such a nuisance happened - yellowness appeared, then it is necessary to fight it in time.
For plastic, too, need constant care.
But first, a few words about how to properly care for plastic products, so that later there are fewer problems with the elimination of the unpleasant consequences of negligent management:
- Do not smoke in the room with office equipment, plastic windows and panels, as well as other plastic objects and products;
- to remove dirt you can not use detergents with any abrasive in the composition;
- To wash use only soft sponges or brushes, as well as cloth napkins without a rigid base;
- after cleaning from dust, dirt or grease, wipe the product with an antistatic agent or use special detergents and cleaning agents intended for plastic products;
- After each wash thoroughly wipe dry all surfaces, because wet plastic tends to attract dust, and your work will be in vain.
When working with aggressive chemicals do not forget to ventilate the room and use personal protective equipment.
Most importantly, remember that all these means can be very detrimental to your health and work without gloves will not be possible, and all manipulations can be performed better in a ventilated room and avoid contact with eyes and mouth, especially if you work with aggressive chemicals! Let's start with the penny funds that are in every home, or it will not be difficult to purchase them.
1. Dishwashing detergent or laundry soap
Yellowing of grease and soot can be washed with dishwashing detergents or laundry soap.
This way will help to get rid of the yellowness caused by not old fatty raid or a soot. To do this, it is enough to soap a sponge, a soft brush or a napkin with a detergent or soap, and to rub the yellowed surface thoroughly. Let stand for 10-15 minutes, rinse thoroughly and wipe dry with a towel.
This cleaning of fat deposits and dirt must be carried out before all subsequent methods of bleaching!
2. Soda ash and washing powder
Washing powder and soda ash will help to cope with the yellowed plastic surface.
In this way, small plastic products can be bleached. To do this, take 1 tablespoon of soda ash, the same amount of any laundry detergent, dissolve them in 1 liter of warm water. In the resulting solution, soak the yellowed objects for 10-12 hours. After that, thoroughly rub with a sponge or cloth and wash under running water. If you need to increase the amount of water, then do not forget to keep the proportion.
3. Chlorine bleach or stain removers
Any chlorine-containing detergents will help whiten plastic surfaces.
It is necessary to use such tools very carefully and carefully (remember about the means of individual protection and try to avoid inhalation of vapors). Naturally, we take not pure bleaching powder or whiteness, but chlorine-containing bleaches or stain removers per 1 tablespoon per 1 liter of water. In this solution, soak the plastic elements for 10-12 hours, then thoroughly wash and do not forget to wipe.
4. Acetic Essence 70-80%
To whiten the plastic surface, you can use undiluted acetic essence of 70-80%.
With this powerful tool, it is good to bleach small areas. To do this, moisten the cotton pad or cotton napkin with undiluted acetic essence and wipe the yellowed spots (all the manipulations should be done in rubber gloves and in a well ventilated room!). Then wipe everything with a sponge or a cloth moistened with clean water.
5. Various alcohols
Any alcohol will help get rid of the yellowness on plastic surfaces.
Due to the fact that the plastic does not enter with alcohol solutions (methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, etc.) in a chemical reaction, they can be safely used for bleaching yellowed spots. But to be sure of a successful outcome, it is better to check the reaction of one or another plastic surface to such a radical substance. To do this, walk (in rubber gloves!) On the most inconspicuous area, soaked in alcohol with a cotton pad, if everything went well - so you can safely wipe all the yellowed places. Flush alcohol solutions do not need, but the room must be ventilated.
6. Hydrogen peroxide (3%) and lightening oxidant for hair (6-9%)
Hydrogen peroxide and an oxidizer for hair dye perfectly bleach plastic.
If not everything is completely neglected, then hydrogen peroxide itself will suffice, with which we wipe all the yellowed spots with a cotton pad or sponge (depending on the area). One procedure is not enough, such manipulations should be carried out from 3 to 5. If the result is still not satisfactory for you, then add 2 tbsp to 1 liter of water. spoons of hydrogen peroxide and hair brightener, wetted with a sponge, wipe the surface thoroughly (with gloves!) and its whiteness will delight you as before. If you want to know in what other ways you can effectively use this penny drug, take a look at our page, you will be surprised a lot.
7. Perhydrol (30% aqueous hydrogen peroxide solution)
Perhydrol or hydroperid can be purchased at pharmacies.
This drug can be purchased at any pharmacy, but when working with it, take special precautions - avoid contact with eyes and work with thick rubber gloves. If this is a ready-made solution, then simply moisten a soft sponge and wipe the yellowed places several times, then rinse thoroughly with water (be careful, perhydrol tends to get very hot!). If it is a tablet form (hydroperid), then dilute as indicated in the instructions and do the same.
Bleach with perhydrol is an ideal tool in the fight against yellow plastic surfaces.
Suddenly you are not pleased with the result, then add 2 tbsp to 1 liter of water. scoops of perhydrol 30% and how much bleach or stain remover (make sure that the perhydrol does not heat up during operation!). With all precautions, thoroughly treat heavily soiled or yellowed surfaces. Then wipe everything with a sponge dipped in clean water, and then dry. This method is the best proven when cleaning the inner surface of the microwave oven.
Acetone can be used to clean the yellowed plastic, but with care.
In this case, the most dangerous for your plastic product that can dissolve some types of plastics. To avoid this kind of damage, moisten a cotton pad in acetone and in a small area in an inconspicuous place with a quick motion, make a few strokes, if everything worked out, it means with active movements from top to bottom, wipe the yellowed places, and then rinse thoroughly with water. Just remember to wind and work in thick rubber gloves!
9. Spray cleaner, creamy products and special plastic pastes
Means for cleaning and polishing plastic surfaces.
A huge variety of cleaning products for plastic products produces chemical industry. Manufacturers of special spray cleaners promise not only high-quality surface cleaning, but also protection of all types of plastic from dirt, thanks to the protective film that forms after application.
Means in the form of a variety of creams do not have abrasive components, so carefully clean and disinfect all plastic surfaces.
These tools will not only clean the plastic surface, but also hide small scratches and roughness.
Special pastes will not only clean the surface, but due to the polishing properties will remove minor scratches and the resulting irregularities or roughness. To do this, it will be enough to apply a sufficient amount of paste on a clean cotton napkin and rub it on the desired surface for 2-3 minutes with intensive circular motions.
Wash surfaces before using special cleaning and polishing agents.
Before cleaning the plastic surfaces with any of the listed products, you need to remove dust and dirt using a special cloth if it is office equipment. If not, then wash thoroughly, as described in paragraph 1, and then apply the selected agent to a clean cloth and thoroughly wipe all the necessary surfaces.
10. Special napkins for the care of office equipment
If funds allow, you can purchase special wipes for cleaning plastic surfaces and office equipment.
The use of this kind of wipes not only helps to maintain a decent appearance of office equipment, but also copes with old contaminations. Naturally, they can be used to clean any other plastic surfaces, their effectiveness is undeniable, the only thing that stops many - the high cost.
Spray paints for plastic dyeing.
There are situations when the quality of plastic initially wanted to be better, or there were already obvious structural changes either from time to time or from improper use. Therefore, none of the above means did not bring the desired result, then it is advisable to just paint the yellowed surfaces with white spray paint.