Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you!
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Plastic today is as inseparable a part of modern urban life as pollution, because it is such a wonderfully versatile material that one can do anything with. However, in our enthusiasm for all things plastic, we often forget that it requires maintenance if it is to retain its durability and looks. The good news is that a few basic steps can actually keep plastic surfaces and objects in your home stain free, so that removing stains from plastic is no longer a difficult task.
Once a week, clean your plastics with a solution of warm water and mild detergent. The process is simple: just apply the solution on the surface and wipe it off until the soapy feeling disappears. Alternatively, you can use an all-purpose household cleaner. However, take care to use scrubbers that are non-abrasive. Also, use only non-scouring powders; otherwise you can scratch the plastic surface while cleaning. Quite apart from aesthetic considerations, scratches leave the surface prone to staining. One way to protect plastic surfaces from staining is to apply a coat of cleaner wax, which then must be reapplied at regular intervals. In any case, here are some tips on removing stains from plastic. The good news is that you won't have to struggle with common domestic stains like drinks and crayon.
Though I know how to remove many kinds of stains, I can't tell you how to remove hair dye stains from plastic. That is because it can't be done, so do not get hair dye or any other bleach stains on to your plastic laminates. Also, while removing stains from plastic, do not use solvents that are highly inflammable near a heat source. Heat can also warp or melt plastic.
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