How to Clean Acrylic Plates

When it comes to cleaning acrylic plates, it’s a vital process that you should undertake regularly. The effects of neglecting this action can have serious implications on your licence. But why is this? And what is the best way to clean acrylic plates?

In this blog, we will provide the key answers to the question ‘How to clean acrylic plates?’ In addition to critical facts, you need to know.

Bespoke Plates is a renowned and legally certified registration platemaker and installer, with options of 3D Plates, 4D Plates, Show Plates, regular / Electric Vehicle Plates and more. We are the one-stop shop for all things registration plates!

Whether it’s a Private Plate, Gel Plate, Standard Registration Plate or plating accessories, we have you covered.

As a certified and experienced team of plate fitters and makers, our plates are installed to the specification of UK law, provided alongside the appropriate paperwork you require. (The only exception to this is Show Plates).

Is cleaning your car mandatory?

Is cleaning your car mandatory?

Cleaning your vehicle is not enforceable until a specific time. Cleaning your vehicle is only enforceable by authorities such as the police if your vehicle is so unclean, that it limits your visibility or safety. This can relate to dirt inside or outside of your vehicle.

If your number plate, mirrors, or any windows are completely obstructed by dirt, this can result in a fine being enforced, and a mandatory request to clean the vehicle. This is because of the limited visibility you will have, making you a danger to yourself, road users and pedestrians. This also applies to number plates.

Do I have to clean my car’s interior?

It would be best to keep your interior clean at all times. Although it can seem convoluted, having a severely messy car interior is dangerous, this is due to a multitude of reasons including…

  • Loose mess can become projectiles in the event of a crash, causing further damage.
  • If there is too much mess, it can prevent passengers from safely being seated, even restricting the ability to wear the seatbelt.
  • Potential fire hazards.
  • Potential for mould or other dangerous bacteria to thrive in the vehicle.
  • The buildup of junk can result in distracting smells.
  • Potential for bugs and even rodents to reside in your vehicle if the junk is extensive.

Furthermore, in terms of resale value, having a severely dirty car shows a lack of care, which can translate to a poorly working vehicle in the mind of a potential buyer. It will be extremely difficult to get a price you believe is fair if your vehicle isn’t clean enough.

How to clean acrylic plates

How to clean acrylic plates

Cleaning acrylic plates is a simple process, and in most cases, does not require an array of cleaning products. If the dirt isn’t dried on, a simple wipe after hosing the plate can be enough for it to be clean.

If the dirt has dried, it could require a deeper clean, although soaking the plate in hot soapy water and wiping it down can be enough to clean the plate. Your local carwash can ensure that your plate is clean too.

But why is it so important to clean your number plate?

The importance of cleaning a number plate

Your number plate should never be so dirty that any one or more of the characters on the plate is unreadable. This causes your number plate to have an obstruction. This obstruction will result in your number plate not being identified correctly by other road users, pedestrians, authorities and systems such as ANPR.

This can result in fines being handed to yourself or the owner of the vehicle. Whether your vehicle is entirely dirty and is preventing visibility, or if the number plate is obstructed due to dirt, both are dangerous and will result in actions by the authorities if you are reprimanded.

Can a dirty number plate make you fail your MOT?

Yes, a dirty number plate can result in you failing your MOT, it just depends on the extent of the dirt. If the dirt is not causing a complete obstruction on any of the number plate characters, it should be okay. You shouldn’t leave this to chance, be sure to clean both of your number plates before your MOT just in case.

If your plate has dirt covering one or multiple characters on the number plate, obstructing it from being read it will result in a failed MOT. This may seem excessive, but it isn’t without a justifiable cause.

The function of an MOT is to ensure that the vehicle is road-safe. This means the vehicle is not a danger to the driver, passengers, pedestrians, and other road users. An excessively dirty number plate prevents a vehicle from being identified, this constitutes it not being safe, as it affects the road users around you.

What to do if your number plate is stained?

What to do if your number plate is stained?

If your number plate is stained by any sort of chemical or a particular substance that can not be removed no matter how many methods you try, the best option is to replace the number plate. Be warned that it is better to have your number plate delivered and installed rather than driving with an obscured or completely unreadable number plate.

Your number plate can be permanently stained or altered through the following instances…

  • Corrosive chemicals make contact with the plate.
  • Extreme heat distorts the plate.
  • Having purposely applied an agent that will stain acrylic permanently.
  • Inadequate care when driving (Your bumpers, and therefore your plates, are always hitting against other cars or walls etc.)
  • A partially broken plate makes space for dirt to enter the space, staining the number plate from the inside.

Ordering an acrylic plate

Bespoke Plates make the hassle of getting yourself a brand-new number plate easy and efficient. Whether it is a green number plate, standard, or Hex and Gel Plates, here is the process.

By following these steps, you will also have the option to see the plate before making a decision.

Visualising how your plate can look in real-time, with the characters from your actual registration plate, saves time and makes it easy for you to know what you want before you get it. Let us walk you through the process of choosing your plate through us.

  1. Head to the Bespoke Plates website
  2. Select the plate style you want under the “Build Your Plate” tab. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
  3. Enter your registration (You can press ‘preview’ to see your registration with all the modification options you have selected.)
  4. When selecting your chosen plate, you can opt for 3D/4D options, a Hex plate, and whether you want a legal plate or a show plate.
  5. Select preferred optional accessories.
  6. Decide if you are collecting with installation, or if you want it to be delivered. It is that easy!

Installing through Bespoke Plates ensures the best service & secure installation for your number plate, along with guidance for any questions you may have.

Purchase a new number plate today

In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options and the information you need to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle. We aim to have answered the question ‘How to clean acrylic plates?’.

We hope we have provided all the right answers and options for your plate modification needs.

Bespoke Plates has all the options you can ask for, as an approved registration vendor we can guarantee your modification abides by the DVLA rules whilst offering same-day collections and full fitting service.

To get in touch and discuss the full fitting service we offer with our plates, you can talk to one of the members of our team by:


Phone 0333 006 7878

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