Where are the mirrors hanging in your house? Are there vanity mirrors in the bathroom? Floor-to-ceiling mirrors in your bedroom? That signature “one more look before I leave the house” portrait mirror right by the front door?
Whether you’re a frequent mirror-checker or only glance at yourself every once in a while, mirrors can add a stylish flourish to any space. They help create more light, make rooms look larger, and can let you know when you’re having the occasional bad hair day.
If your home is full of mirrors and reflective surfaces, you know how important it is to keep these pieces clean, clear, and ready to use. Over time, these stunning surfaces can get grimy, as dirt, dust, and messes pile up. From hairspray residue on your bedroom mirror, to water marks on your bathroom vanity, to fingerprints all over your living room accent pieces, your favorite mirrors can lose some of their signature shine.
Dealing with messy, streaky mirrors and looking for answers? Time to ask:
“Mirror mirror on the wall, how can I clean you best of all?”
Here are a few helpful tips to keep your household mirrors looking fresh and functional:
1.) Choose the Right Glass-Cleaning Solution
There are all sorts of glass-cleaning solutions available on store shelves. As a rule of thumb, we recommend opting for highly concentrated solutions, so a little bit of cleanser is able to go a long way. The more you practice cleaning minimalism — stocking up on solutions that really work, and avoiding excess waste — the better off your pocketbook, and the planet, will be.
In the mood to stock your cleaning caddy with something homemade? There are also all sorts of DIY, home methods you can use to clean your glass surfaces.
A trusty household staple, vinegar is an all-star cleaner that can be put to work as an excellent glass cleaner. Mix one cup of distilled white vinegar and one cup of distilled water in a spray bottle for a gentle, go-to solution.
For an even more powerful solution, you can create a strong glass cleaner out of household ingredients. Here’s one recipe to keep in your back pocket in a pinch:
- ¼ cup of white vinegar
- ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol
- 1 tbsp of starch (to reduce streaking)
- A few drops of your favorite clean-smelling essential oil, like lemon, orange, or lavendar
2.) Embrace the Magic of Microfiber
Are paper towels your go-to glass cleaning tools? While paper towels can work in a pinch, they can also leave behind streaks — not to mention creating a ton of waste.
In fact, make that tons of waste. The United States alone uses up to 13 billion pounds of paper towels every year. Reducing your household paper towel use can help dramatically cut down on the amount of paper trash that ends up in landfills, and impacts our oceans.
For an upcycled solution, many households swear by newspapers as a method for wiping down glass surfaces, including mirrors and windows. Bamboo paper towels are also an effective replacement for paper towels, and can be used and reused multiple times.
Even better? Stock your caddy with reusable cloths, such as thin microfiber cloths. Microfiber is made of small fibers that are soft to the touch, and which can really help pick up and track dust and debris. These magic tools are perfect for wiping down mirrors, without any of the lint or residue that can be left behind by paper towels.
3.) Stay Streak-Free
If you’ve cleaned a mirror or two in your day, then you know about those pesky streaks that can develop, taking away the satisfying feeling of finally eliminating dust, grime, and fingerprints.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to help manage those streaks, before the show up to harsh your mellow.
To start, be very choosy when it comes to your cleaning solution. Diluted store-bought cleaners often contain a lot of additives, which can leave behind unwanted residue.
Before you start wiping down your mirrors, it may help to use a little bit of rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad to clean off problem areas. Pretreating the mirror this way can help you get rid of the biggest offenders first, and help cut down on troublesome streaks down the line.
Once you’ve pre-treated the mirror and picked out a cleanser, start by spraying your cloth, rather than the glass surface directly (which can cause the cleaning liquid to accumulate and even cause damage). Move down the mirror using a zig-zag or S-shaped motion to avoid streaking, and follow up with a squeegee to wipe the surface clean, always working from top to bottom.
And before you start wiping down your reflective surfaces, take some time to tend to everything else. Dusting (or even vacuuming) the frame and the corners of the mirror can help eliminate built-up dirt, dust, and other pesky particles.
Sweeping Dimensions is Here to Keep Everything Clear!
Looking for a little help refreshing your space? Ready for a professional to help make sure your home’s mirrors and glass surfaces stay sparkling clean, all year long? Sweeping Dimensions is here to help!
We know how hard it can be to keep your house clean, organized, and fresh, while also trying to keep your life in balance. That’s why we’re always just a quick phone call or email away. We’ll make sure your home’s surfaces are always clean and clear, so you can focus on family, friends, and work.
With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
Do you have any go-to moves for polishing your mirrors? We’d love to hear from you! If you want to trade tips and tricks with other clean home aficionados, join our community and keep the conversation going on Facebook or Instagram!
Ready to call in the pros? Get in touch today for your free service estimate!