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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.

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By Cleanipedia Team

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 discover our top tips for how to clean mirrors without streaks for a truly glistening finish.

How to clean mirrors: An easy step-by-step guide

From showing you the best thing to clean mirrors with, to simple steps to bring the sparkle back to mirror glass, this simple guide will help you to discover the best way to clean mirrors all around your home.

What is the best way to clean mirrors without streaking? Read on for quick and easy steps for how to clean mirrors when they need a full, deep clean.

Using newspaper to clean mirrors and windows is an old school cleaning trick, but the inks used today can leave residues behind. The best way to clean a mirror without streaks and sparkling clean is to use microfibre cloths or squeegees.

You will need:

  • Microfibre cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Sponge
  • Glass cleaner
  • Vinegar
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Water

How to clean a mirror that is hazy: A guide to deep cleaning mirrors

So, how do you clean a mirror? 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. Follow these steps for how to clean your mirror with ease.

Don’t forget: Pay particular attention to stained areas, test your cleaning product on a small inconspicuous area first, and always follow the instructions for how to clean mirrors using the product which can be found on the packaging.

  1. Use washing up liquid and water.

    First, dilute your washing up liquid in warm water. 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.

  2. Alternatively, try a mixture of vinegar and water.

    Start by mixing together a solution of one-part white vinegar to one-part water. Next, wipe the solution onto the mirror with a sponge. As with washing-up liquid and water, always ensure you use circular motions. For even better results, put the solution in a spray bottle and spray it directly onto the mirror. This will give you better coverage.

  3. If you wish, you could also use a commercial glass cleaner.

    Spray the entire mirror with your glass cleaner. Wipe with a sponge, remembering to rinse to remove excess liquid.

  4. Use a squeegee.

    This really is the secret to a streak-free mirror. Always work from top to bottom sliding the squeegee down the mirror, before swiping from side to side to remove any last traces of the spray.

  5. Use a microfibre cloth to buff and finish.

    If you notice some lingering marks remain, use a clean microfiber cloth to buff them away. Your mirror should now be streak-free and gleaming.

  6. Clean your mirrors regularly.

    Getting into a routine will mean that stains are less likely to build up making the job much quicker and easier to do!

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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 be sure to dazzle your guests.

Have you got the cleaning bug, now you know how to clean your mirror? Why not bring the sparkle back to your uPVC windows and doors with our guide, polish your plumbing with our tips for cleaning copper pipes or even use our hacks to get those mud stains out of your favourite carpet.

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