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Plexiglass to the Rescue

Plexiglass to the Rescue

The fight against Covid-19 is a fight against droplets. We’re up against the most high-speed actions that the body is capable of: Sneezing and Coughing. A sneeze can send droplets flying 30 feet, at speeds up to 100 mph. To defend against this, many organizations invest in plexiglass barriers known as Sneeze Guards.

This article explores sneeze guards as a social distance solution. You’ll learn about recommendations from leading health experts, the use of plexiglass barriers in America.

What do the Experts Say?

Health experts agree that sneeze guards help slow the spread of coronavirus. The World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration all encourage the use of plastic barriers. Sneeze guards do not eliminate the need for other preventative measures, but they are broadly recommended. Experts point to key benefits of using barriers:

  1. Stop droplets from traveling

  2. Enforce social distance when it otherwise may be difficult

  3. Reduce the need for other PPE such as face shields, to help prevent shortages.

Plexiglass Barriers in America

For many businesses, face to face interaction can’t be avoided. American grocery chains adapted quickly. In the early spring of 2020, Walmart, Kroger, and Albertsons installed barriers to protect guests and staff.

Sneeze guards have long been used in restaurants. They were first developed in 1959 by Johnny Garneau, owner of a buffet called Smorgasbords. Since then, the FDA codified barriers as a requirement for food displays in certain states. In 2020, plexiglass barriers are rising in popularity.

How to Clean a Sneeze Guard

While Acrylic is incredibly versatile, cleaning it with the incorrect type of cleaning agent can immediately ruin it.

While cast Acrylic is non-porous, areas near cut edges can actually dry out. If this happens, the sneeze guard edges can result in immediate cracking of your acrylic.

The biggest cleaning agent enemy for drying your acrylic out is alcohol. Applying any type of cleaner on your acrylic that contains alcohol can crack the edges of your acrylic. DO NOT, under any circumstance use a cleaning agent that contains alcohol.

Another enemy of acrylic is ammonia-based products, such as Windex. These products have a high likelihood of leaving your clear acrylic with a foggy or smokiness.

The best way to clean acrylic is to first blow off any dust or debris. Doing this first will prevent you from scratching the acrylic when you take a soft cloth to clean the surface. Once it is free from any particles, use warm water and dish soap. Make sure to use a soft cotton cloth as any type of abrasive cloth material can very easily scratch your sneeze guard or desk divider.

Use a damp, microfiber, clean cloth to remove the soap from the acrylic, and finally, use a dry microfiber soft cloth to dry the sneeze guard and remove any streaks. DO NOT use a paper towel. In doing so, you’ll have a good chance of scratching the acrylic.

Following these simple steps will keep your acrylic sneeze guard and acrylic desk sneeze guards clean and clear for the life of the product.

Even after Covid-19 is behind us, public health will remain a concern. Plexiglass barriers are a long-lasting and widely recommended solution. If you need a social distance solution, EVEK can help. We’ve built custom sneeze guards for medical offices, front desk areas, restaurants, and more. Please visit the page website Stay safe and thanks for reading.