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Tips on Cleaning Mirrors

Updated July 20, 2017

Cleaning a mirror may seem easy, when in fact getting a result which is sparkling and smear-free is often a frustrating chore. Mirrors attract everything from fibres to fingerprints to toothpaste and even pen. While there are brand cleaners out there that claim to do the job, they are often useless if you do not use the right supplies and techniques.

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General Cleaning

To make your own mirror cleaning solution, mix together one cup of warm water and one tablespoon of vinegar. Vinegar contains certain agents which will leave your mirror sparkling. You can use a lint-free cloth or old newspaper---both of which will not leave fibres behind---to apply the vinegar to the mirror. Be sure to dip the cloth in your home-prepared solution; do not put the solution straight onto the mirror. Take care when wiping away any excess solution from your mirror, as any fluid that gets behind the frame may damage the mirror's backing. Once you have cleaned your mirror, you can dry it off with old newspaper, chamois leather or a clean, lint-free cloth.

If you prefer to use a brand name mirror cleaner, be sure to check the ingredients for ammonia or any harsh solvents, long-term use of these types of products can damage your mirror's silvering.

Sticker Removal

Stickers and mirrors are not a good combination, and trying to remove a sticker from one can be near impossible. The temptation is to pick the sticker off the mirror; however, this will only make it harder to remove. Cover the sticker with a little oil on a cloth; the oil can be vegetable or baby oil. Leave it for about 24 hours before coming back to it. Carefully, lift off the sticker, staring from one corner. Hot water is another way to remove stickers, but this is not always as successful as the oil technique. Do not be tempted to use a razor blade to remove sticky substances from your mirror; it can cause damage to the glass.

Crayon or Pen Removal

Crayon or pen marks on a mirror may wipe off using warm water and a cloth, depending on how long they have been there. Spraying furniture polish on stubborn marks can help remove them quickly and easily. Spray the polish directly onto a cloth, and wipe the marked area. Leave it for five minutes. The pen or crayon mark should now be easy to remove. Do not use too much furniture polish, as this can cause smears on your mirror, which can prove as hard to remove as crayon marks.

Preventing Fog on Bathroom Mirrors

Rub a little shaving foam or shampoo onto a bathroom mirror, as these can prevent fogging, according to the Good Housekeeping Website. If you prefer a more traditional method, try using a microfibre cloth and rubbing the mirror until the fog disappears. Avoid using paper towels when cleaning a mirror, as these will leave behind fibres. Micro-fibre cloths are anti-static, which means they will not only leave a streak-free finish, but they also will not leave fibres on your mirror.

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About the Author

Residing in Blackpool, U.K., J.L Grayson-Avery has been writing since 1999. As a reporter her articles have appeared in "The Blackpool Gazette" and "Blackpool E" magazine. Grayson-Avery received a Higher National Diploma in journalism from Glasgow University.

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