Jun 21

Mirror Cleaning Tips

Monday, June 21st, 2010 | posted by: Chip

Being in the glass business we are asked to recommend spray type glass cleaners. We always recommend what we use, an automotive glass cleaner, and carry it for purchase by customers.   Besides the ever annoying streaks you can’t really harm glass by using any glass spray.   Mirrors, on the other hand, can be harmed by using harsh cleaners and improper cleaning methods.   Care should always be taken to avoid getting the edges of the mirror wet with any liquid or substance.   This can result in damage to the mirror edges, commonly called “back edge”. Should mirrors become wet, they should be dried off immediately.

These recommendations are published by the Glass Association of North America.

  • The very best and safest cleaner for a mirror is clean, warm water used with a soft, lint-free cloth. Wring all water from the cloth before wiping the mirror.   dry the mirror immediately with a dry lint-free cloth.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly on the mirror. Always apply cleaner directly to a soft, lint-fee cloth and then wipe the mirror.   This will help prevent the cleaner from contacting the edges of the mirror and damaging them.
  • Don’t clean across the face of multiple mirrors at the same time.   When cleaning several mirrors installed on a wall, wipe the joints in the same direction as the joints.   This will keep the cleaner from collecting in the area where the mirrors join.
  • Don’t use commercial mirror cleaners that contain ammonia or vinegar.
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