Best way to clean mirrors | How to clean mirror

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August 7, 2022

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"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them all?"

Having clean mirrors is important for every house hold as it adds the illusion of a bigger space and people always like to look at themselves. In this guide, we will show you how to clean a mirror with a steam cleaner, and the right cleaning solution that you can make at your own house or buy it.

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How to make a homemade cleaning solution for your mirror

how to make mirror cleaning solution at home

The market is full of cleaning solutions, ranging in prices and purposes of cleaning. However, you do not always need to spend a lot of money when you can make your own solution that works just as good as the one you bought at the store. Here are a few of mirror cleaning solutions that you can make with things that you already own:

Vinegar and water DIY mirror cleaning solution

white vinegar for mirror cleaning

For this homemade glass cleaner, you will only need two things, vinegar and water. Mix equal parts vinegar and water and put it in a spray bottle. You can also use this glass cleaner to clean photo frames.

Apple cider vinegar and rubbing alcohol cleaning solution

rubbing alcohol

If you are looking for a solution that is very close to the one you buy at the store, then mix 1 quarter cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, 1 quarter cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 tbsp of cornflour, and essential oil of your choice for good smell. Shake the solution well. Can be used in a spray bottle with a microfiber cloth to wipe or dipped inside the glass cleaner and wiped.

Lemon juice and dish detergent cleaning solution

dish washing solution for cleaning mirrors

This is yet another homemade cleaning solution that is great at cleaning your bathroom mirror. Take a bucket of warm water and add a 1 to 2 tbsps of dish detergent, 4 tbsps of lemon juice, and half a cup of white vinegar. Mix well. Can be used in a spray bottle with a microfiber cloth to wipe or dipped inside the solution and wiped.

How to clean a mirror

how to clean a mirror

Anytime you clean your mirror, follow these steps:

1. Clean off the dust with a dry cloth or a paper towel

This is a crucial step because dust just like stains will leave streaks when cleaning a mirror if it is not cleaned off first.

2. Remove stains

Look for all the stains your mirror has. It could be stains from your toothpaste, hairspray and etc. Clean them off accordingly.

3. Use a cleaning solution with a microfiber cloth

Spray the entire surface of the mirror with a homemade glass cleaner or the one bought at the store. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the mirror with it.

4. Dry the mirror with a clean flat weave microfiber cloth

Grab a new microfiber cloth to dry off the mirror and make sure you get rid of all the streaks.

How to remove stains from a dirty mirror

stains removing from dirty mirror

Whenever people clean their mirror's surface, they tend to clean a mirror with a cleaning solution without removing the stain first. So they tend to leaving streaks all over the mirror.

Using rubbing alcohol to clean stains

Take a cotton pad and soak it with rubbing alcohol. Dab the stains on the mirror with a soaked cotton pad and rub the spot in a circular motion until you remove the stain off. The rubbing alcohol dries quickly, so you might have to reapply it.

Using a toothbrush to clean the corners

People tend to forget about the corners of mirrors where a lot of dirt and dust and can accumulate.

Alternative mirror cleaning solution

steam cleaner for mirror

We are all used to the same cleaning techniques that have been on the market for years, but we are here to offer you a new solution that can clean your mirrors.

Fortador Volt Mini home steam cleaner

The Fortador Volt Mini is a commercial steam cleaner is ideal for cleaning and disinfecting your house. Over the last couple of years, steam cleaning has become the preferred way of cleaning hard surfaces.

Steam cleaning is eco friendly as operators do not need additional detergents to help them clean a surface. A steam cleaner's biggest advantage is its ability to kill bacteria, viruses, and germs. Aside form being an easy solution to a clean a mirror in your house, it will also help you clean everything else.

This highly portable steam cleaner is lightweight, weighing in at 16.5 lbs, allowing users to move it easily around the house. This machine only takes five minutes to heat up and produce steam. Unlike its competitors, the Volt Mini works at high pressure and temperatures, giving 101.5 psi power of steam at maximum temperature of 338 degrees Fahrenheit.

accessories for steam mirror cleaning

Like other steam cleaners form Fortador, the Volt Mini comes with a great selection of accessories and attachments that can make easy fixes. You will receive a 15 ft hose with a steam mop that will help you deep clean your floors. Combined with a long power cord, the steam cleaner will help you reach hard to get places. You will also receive spray bottles and microfiber cloths.

You will be able to clean carpeting and upholstery, various flooring surfaces, and hard surfaces (nightstands in your room, bathroom mirror, hallway mirror, tables, windows and etc.)

How to clean your mirrors with a steam cleaner

mirror cleaning with steam

You would follow a very similar process of cleaning when using a steam, but you just incorporate the steam cleaner into the steps.

1. Clean off the dust with a dry cloth or a paper towel

This is a crucial step because dust just like stains will leave streaks when cleaning a mirror if it is not cleaned off first.

2. Remove stains

Look for all the stains your mirror has. It could be stains from your toothpaste, hairspray and etc. Instead of using a cotton pad soaked in alcohol, you will be using a steam gun to spot clean the stains.

3. Use the steam cleaner with a microfiber cloth

Spray the entire surface of the mirror with a homemade cleaning solution or the one bought at the store. Use the steam in a zig zag motion to clean a mirror, wiping off the residue of the cleaner with paper towels or a dry cloth.

4. Dry the mirror with a clean flat weave microfiber cloth

Grab a new microfiber cloth to dry off the mirror and make sure you get rid of all the streaks. If there are any remaining marks on the mirror, use the steam cleaner to spot clean them. You can also spray the remaining marks with a cleaner and wipe them off.

clean mirror makes you fill happy

Conclusion

Achieving a bathroom mirror that is sparkling clean with a streak free shine is not that hard when done right. However, if you do not clean mirrors at least once or twice a week, the little stains you have not gotten to clean yet might not be able to go away if not taken of. No matter whether you use a steam cleaner or regular cloths and cleaning products, keeping a streak free mirror is always nice to look at.

Sabrina Tretyakova
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