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How to clean mirrors

Discover the best way to clean a mirror, including three suggestions of effective glass cleaners to use and Cleanipedia’s secret to a streak-free mirror.


By Cleanipedia Team

how to clean mirrors

Key Steps:

  • Remember to clean your mirrors regularly. Routinely cleaning your mirrors will mean that stains are less likely to build up making the job much quicker and easier to do!

Toothpaste, handprints, dust, dirt – a multitude of stains and grime can build up on your mirrors! Whether it’s your bathroom mirror, or a mirror elsewhere in your home, you’ll want to keep them gleaming and streak-free. But, do you know the best way to clean mirrors? With this simple guide you can learn about the best solutions and equipment to help you get a sparkling clean mirror as well as a top technique for making sure they’re streak-free.

Using newspaper to clean mirrors and windows is an old school cleaning trick, but the inks used today can leave residues behind. Microfibre cloths or squeegees are the best tools to ensure your mirrors look streak-free and sparkling clean.

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What to Use to Clean Mirrors?

  • A microfibre cloth
  • A sponge
  • A squeegee
  • Glass cleaner, you can choose from one of the following:

– Washing up liquid and warm water

– A mixture of vinegar and water

– A commercial glass cleaner

The Best Way to Clean a Mirror

Equipped with the above tools and solutions you can get your mirrors sparkling once again, just follow these steps:

A Quick Fix:

If your mirrors aren’t too dirty or you just want to spruce the bathroom up when you’ve got an unexpected visitor, then you just need to give them a quick clean.

Using warm water:

  • Use circular motions to rub the mirror with a microfibre cloth and warm water.
  • Remove excess water with a dry microfibre cloth to prevent streaks or water marks.

Deep Cleaning Mirrors:

For dirtier mirrors, you’ll need a more thorough cleaning technique. Remember to pay particular attention to stained areas, test your cleaning product on a small inconspicuous area first, and to follow all of the instructions on your cleaning solutions.

Using washing up liquid and water:

  • Dilute your washing up liquid in warm water and use a sponge to wipe the solution on the mirror.
  • Use circular motions to avoid smears and rinse the sponge regularly to remove excess moisture.

Using a mixture of vinegar and water:

  • Mix together a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water and wipe onto the mirror with a sponge using circular motions.
  • If possible, put the solution in a spray bottle and spray it directly onto the mirror for better coverage.

Using commercial glass cleaner

  • As with your vinegar-water solution, spray the entire mirror with your glass cleaner.
  • Wipe with a sponge, remembering to rinse to remove excess liquid.

Once you’ve applied you chosen glass cleaner, you will need to use your squeegee for the finishing touches to your clean, streak-free mirror:

Using your squeegee – the secret to a streak-free mirror!

  • Work from top to bottom sliding the squeegee down the mirror.
  • Next, swipe from side to side to remove any last traces of the spray.
  • If any marks remain, use a clean microfiber cloth to buff them away. Your mirror should now be streak-free and gleaming.

With these tips on what to use to clean mirrors and the best techniques to use, your house will be full of clean mirrors that will dazzle your guests!

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