Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Well...unfortunately you can’t really tell at the moment, because your once so squeaky-clean mirror now looks more like your fingerprinted cell phone screen. Toothpaste blobs and scratches can all take their toll on a shiny surface like a mirror. We’ve gathered some of the best tips for how to clean mirrors.
Cleaning the mirror is quite simple in essence, but the wrong cleaning product can leave unwanted streaks so your mirror ends up cloudier than before. We know you don’t want that, so we’ve listed the best cleaners for mirror cleaninghere.
Before you pick up the right cleaning products, you should have the right tools ready. In addition to a sponge and window squeegee, you also need the right cloth for drying. After all, you don't want to leave dried drops of water on your mirror—water marks can be tricky to remove. Drying is the secret to achieving the shiniest of mirrors! You can use the following for this purpose:
- The good old microfiber cloth. Not only does it remove drops of moisture from the mirror, it also doesn’t leave behind any fluff.
- Moist chamois leather. That’s right! Moist chamois leather. Dry chamois leather could cause scratches. Therefore, first give your leather cloth a water bath before using it. Then wring it out and you are good to go. It shouldn’t leave behind any droplets, so you don’t need to worry about re-drying your mirror after…well, drying it.
- A simple and soft cotton cloth also works to dry your mirror after cleaning.
- And what about newspaper? You can use it for drying in a pinch. However, we cannot promise you that you won’t get ink stains on your mirror afterward. On the bright side, you will certainly be well informed about world events and have found a novel way to recycle your old newspapers!
Once you have chosen the right cloth, all you need is a bucket filled with warm water and, of course, the appropriate cleaning products. Here are our favorites:
- Dish soap not only makes sure that cutlery, plates, pots and pans get clean, but also removes grease and dirt from your other glass surfaces in no time! Just a few drops in warm water are enough to make your mirror shine clean again. You can even wash your car with dish soap!
- Everyone wants a streak-free mirror. Isopropyl alcohol can work wonders! Pour a little isopropyl alcohol into another bucket, also filled with warm water. After you have removed any stains with dishwashing liquid, it is best to wipe your mirror with the isopropyl/water mix. Make sure to keep this mixture out of reach of children and pets.
- Dishwasher and alcohol in one? This is not a DIY solution, but glass cleaner is the classic glass surface cleaner. Simply spray a little on your mirror, wipe it off and you’ll have a perfect reflection looking back at you!
Smudged glass surfaces? Not in your home! From now on, your mirror will show you who is the fairest of them all...we’re already placing our bets on who it is!