How to Clean Large Mirrors

Large mirrors are great accents in any home or office. They make any room look expansive and they reflect sunlight and man-made lights (candles, lamps, pin lights, etc.) within the area. A big mirror can be used to reflect art or be the art itself in an otherwise boring room.

Cleaning a huge mirror can be a burdensome task. It’s tiring and takes time that many people would forgo cleaning. But, it’s important to periodically clean mirrors to keep them beautiful and functional. You won’t be able to see yourself, check your outfit, see zits or spots on your face if you have a dust-covered, grime-filled, soiled mirror. Mirror cleaning is simple and you only need items found in your home to use.

Materials needed:

  • vinegar and water solution (2 parts water + 1 part vinegar)
  • spray bottle
  • clean rag or an old t-shirt
  • microfiber cloth
  • old towel or cloth

Steps:

1. Prepare your cleaning materials. Put the vinegar and water solution in the spray bottle.

2. Remove the items over the mantle, sink, or wherever the mirror is placed.

3. Lay an old towel under the mirror to protect the bottom frame from the excess cleaning solution. Avoid liquid from getting between the mirror and the frame to prevent damage.

4. Spray some cleaning solution on the rag. The rage should be damp, not soaked. Gently wipe the surface of the mirror. You can spray the solution directly on the mirror but be careful not to spray onto the frame or let excess solution from pooling at the bottom.

5. Start cleaning from the top and work down. You can use a stool to reach the top of the surface of the mirror.

6. Dry the mirror using a microfiber cloth. It works as a dryer and polisher at the same time.

7. Clean mirror edges using a Q-tip. Dip the Q-tip in the cleaning solution and pinch it between your fingers to remove excess liquid. After cleaning the hard-to-reach surfaces of the mirror, use the other side of the Q-tip to dry them.

Alternatives:

  • You can use old newspapers¬†instead of an old rag and microfiber cloth in cleaning and drying mirrors. Crumple the newspaper and dip it in the solution. Use dry newsprint to remove excess moisture and polish the mirror.¬†Wear gloves since wet newspaper will leave your hands dirty.
  • Paper coffee filters can also be used in cleaning windows. Unlike newspaper, coffee filters will not stain your hands.
  • A blackboard eraser can be used to polish a newly-cleaned and dried mirror. It removes streaks left by cleaning and keeps the mirror surface sparkling.

MirrorLot is a manufacturer and retailer of large mirrors for homes and offices. They offer custom built and framed mirrors and specializes in large wall mirrors, full length mirrors and floor mirrors.

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