How To Clean PVC Plastic

When PVC or polyvinyl chloride was accidentally discovered in 1826 by French physicist and chemist Henri Victor Regnault, he didn’t have any idea what to make of it since it was very brittle. It was only in 1926 that a method of blending PVC with other substances to make it more flexible came into being via the joint efforts of Waldo Sermon and the B.F. Goodrich Company. Since then it has become a significant element of the chemical and building industry.

Its traits of being easy to manipulate, durable, and cheap have made it a common part of various objects like toys, window frames, pipes, vinyl records, and furniture. It has become an important household entity.

Take a look at these tips and learn how you can wipe away dirt and stains on your PVC-based plastics.

Use these guidelines for general plastics.

  1. Fill your bucket with a mixture of 1 quart dish soap and ½ cup bleach. Make sure it is foamy.
  2. It’s up to you whether you pour the mixture directly on the PVC or you can utilize a mop or sponge. Be sure to put on gloves when using sponge.
  3. Let is settle for about 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse the PVC with water using a mop, sponge, or hose.
  5. If the stains are too strong you can use a scouring pad. Wipe the PVC using cloth or towel.
  6. If you intend to achieve a shiny finish buff the PVC with a white cloth. Do this after applying non-gel toothpaste on the PVC using paper towels.
  7. To ensure that stains are fully removed gently sand the PVC with a 100-grit sandpaper.

PVC is a common material used in toys especially for plastic variants so you have to make sure that the hazardous smell is eliminated to safeguard the health of your children. Follow these:

  1. Make a mixture of vinegar and water in a bucket or bowl depending on the number of plastics you need to clean. Use a 3 to 1 ratio of water to vinegar to avoid strong vinegar scent on the toy.
  2. Soak the cloth you’re going to use. Make sure you do not scratch or damage the toy.
  3. Make sure you cover the whole surface even the parts that are not made of PVC. Chemical components might have been absorbed during the assembly process.
  4. Use water to damp another cloth that you will utilize to wipe the toy.

All-purpose containers are typically made of PVC. You must know how to properly clean them in order to ensure that the things you put in them whether foods or clothing will be kept clean.

  1. Begin your cleaning escapade by filling your sink with hot water. Mix equal parts of dish soap and bleach. The amounts of each substance will depend on the number of plastics you have at hand and the size of your sink.
  2. Place your plastic containers into the sink and let them settle for an average time of 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse the containers with cold water and dish soap. You can opt to let a dishwasher do the job for you for a more thorough finish.

Household items with chemical components should be cleaned and maintained accordingly. You should follow a regular schedule so as to provide continuity and consistency. This is, after all, about the health of every person in the house.


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