How to Clean Mirrors: The Best Ways to Get Streak-Free Reflections

When is the last time you really cleaned your bathroom mirror? If you’re like most people, your bathroom mirror is probably spotted with specks of toothpaste, water droplets, and streaks from your ineffective cleaning methods.

We spend a lot of time in our bathroom getting ready for the day or getting ready for bed. A clean bathroom, starting with the mirror, can be a sanctuary where you start and end your day, but getting a streak-free mirror can elude even the most expert cleaners.

If you’re tired of a streaky mirror no matter what you do, you’re in the right place. We’ve got the secret to sparkling clean mirrors that you can use throughout your entire home. Read on to learn our tricks.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

Who’s the streakiest of them all?

What do you use to clean your mirror? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably window cleaner and a paper towel, right? Wrong. While window cleaner and paper towels might do the trick for small mirrors, your bathroom mirror deserves better.

Supplies

  • flat-weave microfiber cloth (this is non-negotiable—it must be microfiber and it must be flat-weave)
  • cotton pad
  • rubbing alcohol
  • white vinegar
  • water

If you haven’t already mixed up a vinegar and water cleaning solution, you’ll want to do that first. Mix one part white vinegar to one part water (for example, 1 cup of white vinegar to 1 cup of water). How much depends on how big your spray bottle is.

Technique

It’s time to tackle your mirror. The first step is to use your cotton pad and rubbing alcohol to pre-treat any globs of toothpaste or other crusted on spots. Rub them off one by one, working quickly.

Once all of the noticeable spots are gone, you can spray the mirror down with the vinegar and water solution. Don’t soak your mirror, as this just creates more work for you. Make sure you are only misting it.

Take your microfiber cloth and fold it into quarters. This gives you 4 surfaces to work with and you can flip it around as needed. Starting at the top corner, use a zig-zag motion to clean the entire mirror. Go from one top corner to the other, then go down towards the bottom of the mirror, and then back up.

Once you’ve cleaned the entire mirror, check for any spots or streaks at different angles and in different lights. When you’re looking at the mirror straight-on, it might look clean, but when you catch it at an angle, you may notice streaks or spots that you missed.

Spot clean anywhere that you missed by spraying your cloth and wiping the streak and then buff it dry.

Voila! That’s all there is to having clean mirrors. Not only will your mirrors be the envy of your friends and family, but you’re also saving money by skipping pricy glass cleaners and going green by using natural ingredients for cleaning.

The Last Resort for Clean Mirrors

Sometimes our bathrooms become a lost cause. Years of neglect and buildup of bathroom substances might mean it’s time to upgrade. If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom, see more here about what to look for in a professional bathroom contractor.

Ready, Set, Clean

Now that you know how to effectively clean mirrors, arm yourself with your supplies and tackle your entire house. Don’t spare any mirror or streaky window. Make sure they are all sparkling and guest-ready at any time!

If you do decide it’s time for a remodel, check out our interior design services and our showroom for ideas.

2019-07-30T10:53:07+00:00

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