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How to Clean Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the most important utility items in your home. A clean mirror is essential for getting a perfect reflection. A dirty mirror will never make you judge your perfections or imperfections properly. A regular cleaning of mirrors can keep them sparkling for long. Cleaning mirrors is very simple if you know the tricks otherwise it can be quite frustrating and time-taking. People tend to clean mirror in ordinary way which leaves specks, streaks, fog and dirt even after cleaning. Read on to learn how you should clean the mirror to get a clear image and sparkling mirror.

Complexity Level: Basic

Time Required: 10-15 minutes

Resources Required:

  1. White vinegar
  2. Spray bottle
  3. Soft cloth
  4. Micro fiber cloth
  5. Towel
  6. Hand held squeegee
  7. Dish soap
  8. Newspaper


1. Gather the resources

Before you actually start up the cleaning of your mirror it is essential that you first gather all the cleaning resources that you will need. As far as the resources for mirror cleaning are concerned you will easily find them in your house only, so no rush to the market will be required.

2. Prepare a mirror cleaning solution

Instead of using chemicals available in the market for cleaning the mirror, you can simply use a home made mirror cleaning solution. This mix will clean the mirror in a better way and will leave no chemical stains behind. This solution will be much more effective and cheap. For preparing this solution, you will need to mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of warm water. Make sure that you are using distilled vinegar. Pour this mix into a spray bottle and also add a tiny drop of dish soap. This solution can be reused any time, thus do not throw the remaining solution after you have cleaned the mirrors.

3. Protect the flooring

Spread a towel on the base of the floor to protect it from water. Wooden floor especially needs to be protected from exposure to water.

4. Spray the mirror cleaning solution

Start off with the mirror cleaning by spraying some of your very own mirror cleaning solution on the mirror surface. Use a soft rag to wipe the surface of the mirror. Make sure that the rag is dampened. A little quantity of cleaning solution is sufficient.

5. Dry the mirror

Use a micro fiber cloth to dry the mirror of any cleaning solution or water. This cloth will not only dry the mirror but also polish its surface preventing formation of any streaks. If the mirror is a little big you can simply opt for a hand held squeegee. Squeegee is a great tool for mirror cleaning. It can reach the tops of big mirrors effectively and clean them properly without leaving any streaks.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are newspapers effective in cleaning mirrors?

Newspapers are very effective in mirror cleaning. They are quite similar to the paper towels and do not leave any lint on the mirror surface. They tend to absorb the moisture well and thus leave the mirror sparkling.

Quick Tips:

You can use rubbing alcohol in order to remove and clean any kind of sticky label on the mirror surface.

Things To Watch Out For:

  • Before you start off with the mirror cleaning, always ensure that dust and fine particles are wiped off with a dry cloth from the mirror surface. This will prevent damage of the smooth surface of mirror due to friction.
  • Make sure that no solution enters the mirror frame.