Battling the streaks, smears, and smudges that mar mirrors daily can be tiresome. Whether it’s the bathroom mirrors smeared from soap droplets or fingerprint smudges on the hallway mirror, keeping your home mirrors clean and streak-free shouldn’t be a hassle. Our cleaning professionals at United Window Cleaning know the best methods for keeping your glass windows and surfaces sparkling.
The easiest way to clean mirrors is with the right tools. Fortunately, the three top cleaners for mirrors are non-toxic and chemical-free, ideal for residential use.
70-percent isopropyl alcohol is an excellent cleaning agent for mirrors. You can find it in any grocery store, typically in the pharmacy aisles. It’s inexpensive and a solvent with multiple uses. Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) works great for removing hairspray stickiness from mirrors as well as any other build-up or streaks. Because isopropyl alcohol evaporates quickly, simply wet a clean cotton cloth with it and wipe. For sticky residues, you may need to rub to fully remove the mess.
According to WiseGeek, isopropyl alcohol also works to remove “stubborn glue residue and dried ink, and it can remove stains from most natural fibers, including cotton, silk, and wood.” When attempting to remove stains from any fabric, also perform a spot test to ensure you won’t damage the material.
Distilled White Vinegar
Find distilled white vinegar in any grocery store — it’s an amazing natural cleaner, from tile grout to sink drains, stainless steel, and mirrors. The best way to clean a mirror with vinegar is to make a solution of one part water to one part vinegar, 1:1. If you have hard water, opt for distilled water for best results. Place the 1:1 vinegar/water solution in a clean spray bottle, shake to mix it, and then spray onto a 100-percent cotton cloth. Wipe the mirror with either horizontal or vertical passes and easily eliminate streaks, smudges, and unsightly smears.
When someone is on their way over and you’ve not had a chance to tidy up, a microfiber cloth makes a quick clean easy. Microfiber is comprised of nylon and polyester, and designed to create a static charge as it moves across surface to allow the fabric to pick up any dust or particles. Instead of reaching for the paper towels, grab a clean microfiber cloth to remove dust and streaks from mirrors without the need of an additional cleaner. Simply wipe the cloth over the mirror’s surface in even strokes to avoid smears.
Contact United Window Cleaning so that we can help you take care of your home’s mirrors & glass inside and out. We offer a variety of services, including:
- Single & double hung windows
- Triple track storm windows
- Piggyback storm windows
- Pella® clip-in windows
- Tilt-in / casement windows
- Chandeliers and coach lights
- Deep cleaning of sills and cracks on request
- Ceiling fans and high dusting
United Window Cleaning has served the area for nearly a century and is ready to help with your window and gutter cleaning.