Mirrors are the perfect way to make a room bigger and brighter and add a touch of elegance to your house. You can hang them, place them on the floor, inside a wardrobe or in some cases on the ceiling. Different sizes, finishes and shapes can enhance the interior decoration of your house, plus you can find the perfect style for each room.
But they’re fragile, sensitive and they need special cleaning treatment as they’re exposed to dust. Let alone smudges, coats of hairspray, toothpaste splatter, fingerprints, water stains which are the most common dirt that someone can see on all mirrors. Especially bathroom mirrors are the hardest to clean and keep sparkling.
Having your mirror shine isn’t as difficult as it may sound. In fact, mirror cleaning is a simple task, and we’ll show you how to master it. Forget all about glass cleaners, paper towels and newspapers. They’re old fashioned methods and not so effective anymore. They usually do more damage than good since paper towels leave extra lint on the mirror and newspaper may leave ink stains.
So, which is the best way to clean mirrors? How can you get rid of the irritating dirt build-up and get a streak-free mirror? We’re about to answer all your questions and provide you with useful, inexpensive, and super simple DIY cleaning tips right away! Just take a look through our cleaning guide, and you won’t stop gazing at your mirror!
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Method 1: The white vinegar solution
This is something you expected, right? We couldn’t leave the vinegar out of our guide, as it’s the ultra-natural cleaning product! You can clean your washing machine, your trainers and bleach your white clothes. But they aren’t the only things vinegar can do. It can clean mould off the walls, get rid of limescale from the toilet or clean the shower glass, plus your mirrors.
So, if you want a streak-free mirror, don’t waste your time and your money on glass cleaners and other inefficient cleaning products.
Applying the following method, you’ll have the desired results.
- A spray bottle
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1 cup of distilled water
- A flat-weave microfiber cloth
To have a perfect result, you need to follow the below steps:
- Mix the two equal parts of your liquid ingredients in the spray bottle and give a good shake.
- Spray some amount of the cleaning solution onto the cloth. Avoid spritzing directly on the mirror to prevent damaging it. Spraying the solution directly on glass, will rack up to the corners and underneath the surface.
- Wipe the entire mirror with the damp vinegar cloth in a zig-zag motion.
Note: You can replace vinegar with lemon juice or lime juice if you are feeling more wild!
Extra tip: If you are dealing with persistent stains, then spray the vinegar directly onto the stain and wipe quickly with a clean cloth for maximum results. Afterwards, follow the above method.
Method 2: The rubbing alcohol-based solution
Mirrors depending on the room they’re located, accumulate different stains. Thus, on a bathroom mirror, you’ll most probably see toothpaste, water stains, limescale and fingerprints. On a hallway or living room mirror, you might find dirt and fingerprints.
This is a convenient solution when trying to get rid of stubborn stuck stains. We suggest applying this one before any other cleaning tip.
Supplies you should have:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton pad
How to clean your mirror? Just follow these two steps:
- Pour some of the alcohol onto the cotton pad.
- Dab the stains with the damp pad
This method can be very helpful when dealing with streaky windows and mirrors! We all know that sometimes, no matter how carefully you‘ve cleaned your mirror, you can still see the impressions from where you wiped last. With this method, there will be no more streaky windows! No more gunk on your mirrors!
Note: Be sure to apply one at a time and as fast as possible because alcohol evaporates really quickly.
Method 3: The shaving foam solution
I bet you think that some kind of mistake has been made during the typing process. Still, it hasn’t! Shaving foam is a real pro cleaning fix. Not only it cleans the mirrors, but it also stops them from steaming up after a hot shower. Interesting, right?
What you‘ll need:
- Shaving foam
- A microfibre cloth
Just follow these steps:
- Apply a thin layer of the shaving foam on the entire mirror
- Wet your cloth and wring it very well.
- Then wipe the mirror in a zig-zag or up-and-down and side-to-side motion until there’s no foam residue left. Voila! Your mirror shines like new!
Method 4: The dish soap and warm water solution
In case there isn’t grime build up on your mirrors, you can get the job done using dish soap diluted in warm water.
- A bowl
- Few drops of dish soap
- Warm water
- A sponge or a cleaning cloth
Just follow these steps:
- Fill the bowl with water and dilute the dish detergent.
- Soak a sponge or a rag and wring it
- Wipe over the mirror in a side-to-side motion.
Method 5: The squeegee solution
Cleaning windows or mirrors with a squeegee is a very practical and easy method. It’s rather convenient to both clean windows and mirrors, especially in bathrooms after a hot shower.
- Choose one of the above methods to clean your mirrors.
- Just, spray or apply the solution directly on the mirror.
- Drag the squeegee across the mirror from top to bottom.
- Between each stroke wipe the squeegee dry with a cleaning cloth.
- Repeat as many times as needed till done.
- What’s next? Buffing your mirror with a dry cloth to remove the excess water off the corners.
Extra tips to spotlessly clean your mirrors
- Before applying any cleaning solution, remove any stuck stain and dust the mirror with a clean rag.
- You can also use an old toothbrush damped into rubbing alcohol to get rid of grime, dirt and dust that accumulate to the frame and the corners.
- Avoid wiping glass surfaces in circular motions because streaking might be created.
- If you want a sparkling mirror, opt for a flat-weave microfiber cloth to wipe down mirrors as they’re lint-free.
- If there’s a stubborn stuck-on material, don’t use a razor to scrape it off, as it might leave scratches.
- If you want to make sure that you’ve cleaned your mirror and there are no streaks or scuff spots left, don’t look at it straight on. Check it at a 45-degree angle. That’s the best angle to illuminate any lines you might have missed while cleaning.
Note: You can apply most of the above cleaning methods to clean windows, all the glass surfaces in your house or even your car’s as well. We promise you’ll have the same remarkable results.
There are a bunch of different options that can help you elevate your housecleaning habits when it comes to mirror cleaning. No more than 90 seconds are needed for the majority of them to be applied. Don’t be afraid to add mirrors to your house and keep them sparkling!
Consider giving a try to all cleaning methods mentioned above and before making your final verdict on the one that best fits your needs. The thing is that they all work, so it’s up to you to find the one suitable for your needs!