Generally, you can clean most plastic products with average detergents and rinse with distilled water. That alone will take care of mist stains and dirt that accumulates on plastic products. But that doesn’t always prove to be successful. So here are some tips that we are sure you will find helpful in keeping your household plastic products clean.
Shinny Plastics – White Vinegar and Water Formula
Plastics can be kept clean just by wiping the area clean by scrubbing the area with a clean cotton cloth. Mix equal parts vinegar with water and spray generously over the area, and then wipe it clean. Repeat the process as many times as necessary and that will be all you need to keep most of your plastic products clean. Also you may notice that shinny plastics are easier to maintain because manufacturers use special Plastic Masterbatches so it shines with just a few wipes.
Hard Resins – Soda and Warm Water
Hard resins that are used for outdoor purposes need some more effort on your part. Mild abrasives such as baking soda are best for hard resins. The mild abrasive acts on stains but keeps plastics safe. If you feel you need to add another layer of protection to the product after cleaning then you can apply a layer of automotive wax which is all you will ever need to keep your plastics nice and shiny.
For the absolutely dirty pieces of plastic products you have at home, you may need a little extra to dislodge dirt and stains. Remember though that bleach is very strong in nature and if used in heavy concentrations it can very well cause discoloration. Use bleach with care and you will have even the dirtiest piece of plastic product shining like new.
Masterbatches are used to improve the mechanical and aesthetic look and feel of plastic. Plastic by default is not available in the fancy colours your see in the final product, it has to be coloured and modified with additives. Usually, a plastic goods manufacturer approaches a masterbatch supplier for the modifiers and additives. Manufacturers prefer buying modifiers from a masterbatch supplierbecause compounded materials cost more than products manufactured using masterbatches.
Masterbatches have multiple uses; here are a couple of them.
To Make Products Visually Appealing
Unless artificially added, polymers are mostly colourless. It is necessary to add pigments to the batch to add colour to the final product. Depending on what you expect from the final product, masterbatches can either carry a translucent pigment or bright colour as necessary. Every masterbatch supplier may have a few variations in their product line up. Some choose to offer their products purely for the purpose of pigmentation.
To Enhance Physical Properties
Once, again, polymers used in making plastic products do not have what it takes to withstand relentless assault from the elements. UV wreaks havoc on the intrinsic properties of polymer and deteriorates its resistance to physical stress. UV stabilizers are added to the product in order to prevent the final product from being damaged by harmful UV rays.