A beautiful bathroom can be spoiled by a dirty mirror. Besides the fact it takes your bathroom’s appearance down a peg or two, it also prevents the mirror from doing its basic job – to show your reflection and help open up the space. If you’ve been cleaning your mirror with bottled cleaning sprays, you’ve probably been left puzzled by the smears that are left. They may be marketed as suitable for mirrored surfaces but the acidic or alkaline solutions are usually too strong to banish the marks.
What you need is a cleaning method designed to work in every situation – and every room in your home. Unfortunately, there’s no one size fits all solution but they are all as simple as each other. So what is the best way to clean mirrors?
The extra top up
If you clean your mirrors regularly but you’re in need of a quick spruce up, the microfibre cloth and water trick is the one for you.
1. Dip a microfibre cloth into lukewarm water
2. Wring out the cloth to remove the excess water
3. Work in circular motions to wet the entire mirror
4. Finish up by wiping the mirror clean and polish it using the dry end of another cloth
The grunge buster
Can you see out of your mirror at all? For the times when water just isn’t enough, washing up liquid is your new best friend, along with a sponge and that trusty microfibre cloth.
1. Mix a solution of washing up liquid and lukewarm water in a bowl
2. Dip a sponge into the solution
3. Squeeze the sponge to prevent dripping
4. Sponge over the mirrored surface
5. Use a dry microfibre cloth to polish the surface for extra shine
The steam cleaner
As wonderful as it is to have a bath at the end of a long day, I always get a sinking feeling when I step out onto the rug to see a fully steamed up mirror. While opening a window will eventually help it to clear, there are occasions when you need it to be looking its best – and sharpish.
This is when shaving foam comes into play.
1. Being careful to not press down too hard, spray a light coating of shaving foam all over the mirror
2. Leave for a minute
3. Wipe away the foam with a dry microfibre cloth
4. Polish with another microfibre cloth
While the method is slightly different in each case, you’ll notice that the trick lies in using a microfibre cloth and the polishing motion to finish. Don’t be tempted to use a different type of cloth! The fibres are especially designed to pick up dirt and add extra shine to mirrored surfaces from your bathroom mirror and taps to your kitchen hobs. Once you wipe a mirror clean, many of us think that we’ve finished but in reality, you need to polish (without polishing spray!) to remove those last minute streaks.
If you’ve ever gone back into a room a minute later to spot a rogue streak or two, chances are the lack of polishing is to blame!
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