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It may seem like a simple task, but it’s important to have the right tools ready when cleaning a mirror to make sure you know how to clean a mirror streak-free. Having everything in one place means you won’t be rushing around throughout the task, leaving yourself with the risk of water drying and leaving marks and having to start the whole process again.
Firstly, you will need a cleaning solution. Then, you need to gather tools such as a microfiber cloth and squeegee. A microfiber cloth is best as opposed to regular cleaning cloths as they will not leave any fibres on the mirror; if you do not have one, a kitchen towel will do.
Clean Using Water
It’s a common question, how to clean a mirror with just water. To achieve the best results, we always recommend a cleaning solution, but this isn’t always at hand. Dip your microfiber cloth in warm water and wring it out, so it is just slightly damp. Use circular motions to wipe the glass down. Remove excess water using a dry, clean cloth to prevent streaks and watermarks.
Clean Using Wash Up Liquid
If your mirror has oily or greasy marks, such as fingerprints or hairspray residue, you will need something a little stronger than just warm water. Dilute a small amount of Wash Up liquid in warm water and use a sponge to apply. Always use circular motions; this ensures these greasy spots aren’t smeared across your mirror.
Clean Using Commercial Glass Cleaners
If your mirror is particularly stained, you may have to reach for the commercial cleaner. Mix as per the instructions on the bottle and use a spray bottle to apply. Wipe with a sponge in circular motions and regularly rinse to remove dirt. Use a squeegee to remove water and dry with a clean cloth.
Clean Using Homemade Mirror Cleaner
Homemade cleaners can be just as effective and also help you reach your green cleaning goals. Mix well one part vinegar with one part water and use a clean spray bottle to apply to the mirror. Use your microfibre cloth to clean in the same manner as before, circular motions, and dry with cloth. If you don’t have a spray bottle handy, apply this with a sponge but be careful not to oversoak.
Cleaning A Hazy Mirror
Over time, some mirrors, especially vintage and antique ones, can become hazy. If possible, remove the mirror from the wall and work on a flat surface. There will be years of dirt build-up on a hazy mirror, and this needs to be removed first. Take some rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and scrub across the glass. Take your chosen glass cleaners and spray a light mist over the mirror and work in using your microfibre cloth working around the edges; you’ll need to use some elbow grease for this bit. Work your way across the mirror from top to bottom using ‘Z’ patterns, repeat until your mirror is shining like the day it was made.
If your mirror is particularly bad, you can use shaving cream on a microfibre cloth. Rub this over the mirror and rinse, then follow the steps with your glass cleaner.
Never use a multipurpose cleaner for your mirror or anything that isn’t intended for glass, such as furniture polish. These leave a residue that will cloud your mirror over time.
Using a squeegee is effective, especially when dealing with tall mirrors. Use an extendable squeegee, and make sure you have a cloth or towel at hand to dry it between wipes.
When you have finished cleaning your mirror, make sure you view it from as many different angles as possible, this will highlight any missed areas with streaks.