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By: Rain City Maids
Nov 01, 2021

Cleaning a mirror might not be the most dreaded chore in your home, but it can be a headache for many! If this makes sense to you, then you know the reason why. Of course, it's because of streaks! However, you can have clean and streak-free mirrors!

Here you'll learn how to clean a mirror!

What is causing the streaks?

Often, streaks are grimy residue spread on the mirror surface—which means a streaked mirror isn't clean! However, these ugly marks are so hard to avoid because they don't only come from dirt! Here are the main reasons why your mirror streaks when you clean it.

Oily stains in the mirror

The most apparent source of streaks in your mirror are stains like fingerprints or food splatters. If you don't remove these oily stains, the residue will streak your mirror!

Easy fix: Spot-clean the stains and smudges before wiping your mirror. You can learn the best way to do it in step 1!

The cleaning cloth

Cleaning rags and paper towels leave a residue too! It doesn't mean that the cloth is dirty. For example, if you wash your rags with fabric softener, the chemical residue can end up as streaks! 

Easy fix: Avoid cotton rags and paper towels. The best way to clean mirrors is with a high-quality, lint-free microfiber cloth. 

The glass cleaner

Your glass cleaner could be behind those pesky mirror streaks! Many commercial glass cleaners have cleaning agents like ammonia and detergent, which can end up streaking your mirror.

So this means you cannot clean mirrors with Windex anymore? Not necessarily, but if you want to avoid streaks, less is better. 

Easy fix: Use just enough product for the job. Sometimes, plain water and a microfiber cloth are the best way to clean a mirror!

The tap water

Most of the time, water isn't "pure." Water stains are usually made from the calcium and magnesium contained in tap water—and these minerals can end up as streaks too!  

Tap water in Seattle and most cities in Washington State is "softer," which means it has fewer mineral deposits than other regions. However, it could still be a factor to consider when trying to get streak-free mirrors.

Easy fix: Use distilled water for rinsing your mirrors. Also, if you are considering cleaning your mirrors with a DIY glass cleaner, you could benefit from using distilled water instead of tap water!

How do you clean a mirror and leave no streaks?

The simple tricks you'll find here can make the difference between a streaked and dirty-looking mirror or a clean mirror! Here you can read the best way to clean your mirrors using only common household products! 

What do you need to clean mirrors?

The essential tool for mirror cleaning is a good microfiber cloth. Forget about paper towels, newspapers, and cotton rags! As mentioned before, a high-quality microfiber cloth and clean water could be enough to clean a mirror! 

However, when the mirror is dirty, you'll need a cleaning solution to dissolve and remove the grime. If you are looking for eco-friendly, affordable, and effective options to clean mirrors, white vinegar and rubbing alcohol are the way to go. 

Pick the following supplies, and you'll be ready to clean your mirrors!

  • A microfiber cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton pads

Step 1. Spot-clean stains with rubbing alcohol

Before wiping the whole mirror surface, look for toothpaste splatters, fingerprints, water stains, and other visible marks on your mirror. To dissolve the stains, you just need to dab them with a cotton pad dipped in rubbing alcohol. 

Step 2. Spray the glass cleaner

Vinegar is excellent for cleaning glass for two reasons: it can dissolve grime and won't leave residue behind! Additionally, vinegar is a safe and eco-friendly product! 

Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a clean spraying bottle. Then, mist the solution on the glass surface. Don't overspray the solution—soaking the mirror won't make it any easier! On the contrary, vinegar could drip and damage the mirror's frame. 

Step 3. Wipe the mirror with the microfiber cloth

Now it's time to remove both grime and cleaning solution with your microfiber cloth! Start at the upper right corner and go straight from side to side in an S pattern. This way, you make sure all grime is going in the same direction. 

Pro-tip:

Fold your microfiber cloth into quarters and change it as needed so you can make sure you are always using a clean side.

Step 4. Remove any remaining streaks

Once the mirror surface dries out, streaks may appear. Don't worry! It happens even to pro-cleaners. However, you can remove the remaining streaks with a clean portion of your microfiber cloth. 

How can you remove streaks from the mirror? Look at the mirror through different angles to detect even the hard-to-notice stains. If streaks are small, try to wipe them with the cloth. However, if you find several remaining marks, you'll need to rinse the mirror with plain water.

Prevent fogging mirrors with shaving cream!

If you are cleaning a bathroom mirror, you may want to prevent it from fogging too. The process is easy, it won't take much of your time, and you only need cheap shaving cream to do it! 

Apply shaving cream on the mirror every few days:

Put a small amount of shaving cream in a clean cloth. Wipe the mirror until you spread the shaving cream throughout the surface. This trick works because the shaving cream forms a thin layer on the mirror that prevents water condensation.

Learn more cleaning tips and useful tricks with Rain City Maids

Now you can move on to the next chore after finishing with your mirrors! Do you want to learn more cleaning tips? Visit Rain City Maids' blog page! We publish helpful information, cleaning tips, and articles about what we do best: cleaning homes!

Also, if you need professional cleaning or just need a vacation from chores, Rain City Maids is here to help you! We are the number one cleaning service in Eastside Seattle, and it shows! Get your free quote directly from our homepage.

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