Cleaning mirrors and making them shine really does make your home gleam. Unfortunately, getting your mirrors to shine isn’t always easy. They become a home for styling products like hairspray that missed the hair, making them sticky and even more difficult to clean. I have dogs who like to look at themselves in the full-length mirror in my bedroom and this means they leave behind nose prints and other questionable marks when they’re finished admiring themselves. Unfortunately, these marks don’t always come off easily and finding the easiest cleaning method that will save you hours of scrubbing might surprise you, the best way to clean your mirrors isn’t as difficult as it might at first seem!
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Clean Your Mirrors
A quick wipe of the duster might get some of the surface dust from a mirror but it isn’t going to make it shine! I never said cleaning was easy but it certainly can give you a workout.
If you are looking for a really clean mirror, you might laugh at my process, I have two cloths, one for the surround and one for the mirror. I think it is important to clean the edges of the mirror first; often you need to touch the mirror whilst cleaning the edges and you don’t want to mark your clean mirror.
It depends on the mirror as how you clean the surround, if it is wood then I will use my white vinegar and water solution, I spray a small amount onto my cleaning cloth and rub around the outside, paying attention to the corners where dirt always seems to gather in my home. If it is metal I use a soft damp glass cleaning cloth, I still use two separate cloths. I don’t want the vinegar solution to find access to the back of the mirror causing a blackening of the backing so it is important to use the cleaning solution sparingly. It isn’t pretty when this happens and I have one in the bathroom that I am unsure what to do with.
How to take off those marks? Rubbing alcohol – this isn’t as easy to get hold of in the UK, so I use the hand sanitizer gel that has alcohol in it. You just put a small dab onto a cloth and use this to rub those marks away, if they have been there a while, they might need a few treatments to banish them completely.
Cleaning the mirror, I use a vinegar and water solution that I spray onto the cloth; the cleaning cloth I use for mirrors is an ultra-fine cloth specially designed for cleaning windows and glass. When cleaning, always start from the top and work down.
You can use a damp cloth to clean a mirror but it is more difficult to bring this to a streak-free shine. I choose not to use commercial cleaners because I just don’t want to expose my family to chemicals in our home and they cost a lot of money too.
You might need to turn your cloth so you have a dry area to rub any smears that appear; keep stepping back, this allows you to see the smears easier. A clean mirror that is streak free is a lot more pleasing to the eye and it will reflect light easier than a dirty streaked mirror, making your room look clean and bright.
Mirror Cleaning Tips
When you clean your mirrors in your home, this is one area that you won’t get away with speed cleaning, often this just leaves a streaky mess covering your mirror. Take your time and get the mirrors cleaned to a streak free shine.
There are some suggestions that using newspaper to clean mirrors is great as the paper and a print mixture is good for cleaning. However, I have tried this method in the past and wasn’t impressed with the cleaning ability, all it seemed to do was to leave my hands black.
Therefore, if you are looking for the sparkling and streak free mirrors it is possible by using the right items and taking your time.
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Cleaning mirrors and windows are similar but not the same! Here is a link to my article on window cleaning.