Do you know that mirrors are one of the most easily stained items in your home? These gorgeous items are prone to getting streaks, dust or fingerprints. Have you ever stopped to look at your reflection only to find that there are marks on the mirror?
A dirty mirror can make your home look shabby. A dirty mirror can ruin the appearance of your bathroom and make your home look untidy. A clean mirror can make your home look great. A shiny, streak-free mirror can make your home appear larger and brighter by reflecting the light better. It is amazing how a mirror can make a huge difference in your space. It can be difficult to know the best way to clean a mirror. You could end up with a streaky, mucky mess on your mirrors if you don’t know how to clean them properly.
There are some things that you shouldn’t do when cleaning your mirrors.
- After a shower, wipe down steamy mirrors with a towel. While this may seem like a great way to get rid of all the buildup and dust, it will only make your mirror look worse. Because towels can leave behind dust, this is a common problem. This can cause streaks on your mirror if you don’t have a good glass cleaner.
- Use a newspaper to clean your mirror. Although this was once a reliable method to get a clear look at your mirror, modern-day paper ink can leave behind residue. It can cause streaky marks on your mirror.
- Use a paper towel to wipe your mirrors: Unfortunately, dust can build up on paper towels. You need a clean, lint-free cloth.
- Use chemicals not specifically designed for glass or window cleaning. If your glass and mirrors appear hazy, you may be using the wrong cleaner. Special chemicals are used to clean glass.
Tips for a Streak-Free Mirror
The tools you use to clean your mirror are one of the most important aspects. You don’t have to spend a lot on expensive cleaning equipment and products. You may have some of these items already in your home. Get ready to equip yourself with:
- Microfibre cloths: Use the flatter ones. The thicker ones can gather lint, which can ruin your mirror appearance.
- A glass cleaner, or simple water-vinegar mixture, can be used as a cleaning solution.
- Cotton pad
- You can rub alcohol
Once you have the tools, it is time to learn the technique. Many techniques and approaches are claimed to work but they don’t. This is the five-step process you can trust:
- The most difficult part of the mirror should be addressed first. That means dried-on toothpaste, hair products, etc. To get rid of the grime, you can use rubbing alcohol to spray on a cotton pad and then wipe it off. To remove the buildup, you may need to use some elbow grease. However, be careful not to scratch your mirror. Because rubbing alcohol is fast drying, it’s crucial to get the job done quickly. This is the pre-wash phase. It’s similar to treating stains before you put them in the washer.
- Then spray your cleaning solution on the mirror. It is important not to use too much cleaning solution — just enough will do the trick. You can make the mirror even bigger by putting too much.
- After you spray the mist on the mirror, take out a microfibre towel and fold it twice. This will give you several layers for cleaning.
- Start at the top left-hand corner of your mirror and move to the right. Next, clean the mirror from the top, left-hand side. Wipe down to the right, but don’t lift your cloth. Keep going until you reach the bottom. You should use a Z- or zig zag pattern to make it easy to follow. If your cloth is prone to catching too much solution or dust, you can always fold it over again to make a new corner.
- Take a look at the mirror from several angles to spot any streaks or stains. These can be removed with a microfibre cloth, a cleaning solution and a clean side. Do not reapply the solution to your mirror during this step. Spray the solution on a cloth, and then wipe it off gently until it disappears.
You can use this technique for any mirrors or glass in the house. This will ensure that you have streak-free glass for a long period of time.