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Cleaning Mirrors
There is nothing worse than cleaning a mirror and leaving unsightly streaks. There are a lot of different products and many techniques for cleaning mirrors. This is a guide about cleaning mirrors.
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By 3 found this helpful
February 4, 2010

I always found that when I'd clean my mirrors, every product I'd use would streak. Well, I found something that doesn't and it's cheap. Water! I just wet my cloth, wipe down the mirror and use either a torn up sheet or paper towel to dry it. I use water to clean my windows, too. I told a friend of mine about this and she said she couldn't believe how good it worked!

By Clara from North Andover, MA

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful

Using a crushed up newspaper will give you streak free mirrors, using any liquid.

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January 15, 20050 found this helpful

If you have a mirrored cabinet (such as a medicine cabinet) that requires you to touch the mirror to open it, thus leaving fingerprints, I have found that placing small vinyl clings/decals at the spot you touch eliminates the fingerprints. I like to change the vinyl clings to correspond with the seasons or holidays. You can involve your children in this, too!

By songbird100

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 15, 20050 found this helpful

I have read that applying a layer of shaving cream on the mirror (like a "window polish") helps repel fingerprints, fog, and lint on the mirror.

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January 15, 20050 found this helpful

(I've tried the shaving cream idea and it streaked and left such a film that I had a TERRIBLE time getting it off!)

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January 16, 20050 found this helpful

The shaving cream has worked for me. You need to use the cheapest kind you can find (not gel). It keeps the mirror clear for a couple of months, and then I just use the shaving cream again.

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Anonymous
February 7, 20170 found this helpful

I tried the shaving cream idea also, using the Walmart cheapie brand, and had to clean my mirrors repeatedly to remove the horrible residue this method left behind. Strongly recommend using a different product on mirrors!!

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August 11, 20111 found this helpful

There are many products available that claim to do the best job on your mirrors. Even with these products it can be tough to avoid getting streaks and spots. It is important to protect the surface and backing of your mirrors from damage.

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February 9, 20060 found this helpful

Mirrors get so dirty fast especially with fingerprints or if you have kids who love using crayons and other stuff on them. What I find that works wonders is baby wipes. They seem to get almost anything off mirrors. I use them for a lot of things, to clean sneakers, mirrors, shoes, etc. It must have some good strong ingredient and no it doesn't stain the mirrors, in fact it leaves them smelling good to boot!

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By Doris from New York, NY

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 22, 20060 found this helpful

What don't I use baby wipes for...

Make-up remover, face-wipe,cleaning blinds, carpet stains/spills, dusting, one in all vehicles, wipe off grocery carts handles, household cleaning, refreshing my bulldog's face. They are a good economical everyday cleaning tool. I have them everywhere!

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By 1 found this helpful
October 6, 2012

What do I mix with vinegar to clean a mirror?

By Ken P

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October 8, 20121 found this helpful

Water, I use a 1/4 cup of vinegar to the rest of your favorite spray bottle of water. I use this solution for my entire house once I have it mixed. I promise you! Stove tops, Glass top tables, counter tops, mirrors! Also is safe to use on Insect bites, and all scrapes! Just spray on area and wipe with a tissue or spray a cotton ball and apply to surface area (this is a very natural antiseptic) -Pediatrician approved! Oops! Just mention vinegar and I've got plenty of tips.. :}

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October 10, 20121 found this helpful

I use a mix of equal parts of water and white vinegar. I put it in a spray bottle from the dollar store. I have used it for years to clean mirrors and windows.

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February 27, 20150 found this helpful

Be careful with the vinegar. It can cause those black etch marks in mirrors.

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Anonymous
September 6, 20160 found this helpful

I haven't used windex or vinegar in yrs.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 11, 2006

I recently purchased an old Vanity Mirror. It is absolutely beautiful, but we have tried to clean it endlessly, but can't seem to get rid of some of the "dark-color" streaks. Any suggestions would be most-appreciated.

Thank You!
Fran from Farmingdale, New York

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July 15, 20060 found this helpful

I know it's for Stains on Clothes, but I have found it cleans anything. Put a little on soft rag with lightly rub & try a small place.

Try SHOUT!

Good Luck.

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July 17, 20060 found this helpful

The dark spots may be where the silver agent has come off/ take it to a mirror refinisher to get an estimate

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 17, 20060 found this helpful

The dark color streaks are caused by the silver on the back of your mirror gone bad, either from moisture getting to the back of the mirror or from age or from direct sun light over a long period of time. If you have the mirror re-silvered the bright new silver will make all the fine surface scratches stand out and you will not be happy with the re-silvering job. I would buy a new mirror.

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July 17, 20060 found this helpful

My father used to have an antique shop and we also did furniture refinishing. It sounds like the mirror needs to be resilvered. If it is in a frame and that is the part you want to save, you can have the mirror part replaced. If the mirror itself is bevelled or etched and you want to save it, then take it to a professional and they can usually restore it to its original look.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 18, 20060 found this helpful

HI USED ISOPROPYL RUBBING ALCOHOL IT WORKS GREAT FOR CLEANING ON ALL GLASSWARE GOOD LUCK.

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July 18, 20060 found this helpful

Hi...and Thank You all for your suggestions and advice. Maybe it is indeed the silver-gone-bad theory. Might be pretty expensive to refinish it. It's a very large, heavy round mirror from the 1930's. Maybe I'll just get an estimate to see what it will cost to re-silver or replace. Thanks Again Everyone!...Fran

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May 24, 20050 found this helpful

Tips for cleaning mirrors. Post your ideas.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 24, 20051 found this helpful

I wash the microcloths in the washer and rinse with vinegar instead of fabric softener. The micro cloths only need water to clean and rinse with.

I run a small cleaning business and I use them all the time for mirrors, taps, glass, etc. If I need to clean something really filthy, I use a regular cloth first to take the worst of the grime off.

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May 24, 20050 found this helpful

If you're frustrated with getting your mirrors streak free, there's a new solution that works in a jiffy. Use the new micro-fiber cloths that are coming out with white vinegar. Don't use fabric softener with the micro-fiber cloths. Another good use is washing the car with them. You don't need soap, just water and your micro-fiber cloth. It works!

By Ardis

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 24, 20050 found this helpful

These cloths are great for everything

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 24, 20050 found this helpful

This is the old standby that I thought was well known. Just use a splash of white distilled vinegar in water, and wipe off with newspaper. This is the most effective, inexpensive and eco-friendly way to clean your mirrors. When you're finished with the newspaper, you can put it in your compost pile.

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May 28, 20050 found this helpful

Use some shaving cream for the bathroom mirrors. Wipe off with soft cloth and your mirrors will be fog free.

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September 4, 20160 found this helpful

Will this also work on car glass. The inside of my car window fronr and back are bad some time. Thank you.

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March 14, 20070 found this helpful

I have tried everything to get my mirrors in all four of my bathrooms streak free and nothing seems to work. I have used all kinds of towels, cleaners, vinegar, etc. Help!

Jan from Calgary, Alberta

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Streak Free Mirrors

Have you tried the micro fiber cloths? I think they're wonderful and you only use water when you clean... no streaks! (08/10/2005)

By Luvyabye

Streak Free Mirrors

I use shaving cream and newspapers (as towels) to clean my mirrors. They dont steam over either! (08/10/2005)

Streak Free Mirrors

I use a mix of 1/2 rubbing alcohol and 1/2 water for all mirrors and glass. Never streaks. I also use it to spray down the sides of my shower/tub walls after each bath and then I don't have to clean so often. Works much better than vinegar and the smell dissapates in seconds. (08/10/2005)

By snigdibbly

Streak Free Mirrors

I use a coffee filter sprayed with air freshener. You might have to rub a little harder to get the toothpaste splatters off. (08/11/2005)

By melody_yesterday

Streak Free Mirrors

I would recommend buying a microfibre cloth and using it to clean your bathroom mirrors. It is the first cloth I have ever used that has not left streaks on glass. Or you could use a squeegy and clean your mirrors that way. (08/11/2005)

By Ziggee

Streak Free Mirrors

Wash with vinegar and water mix and dry with scrunched up news paper. No lint and no streaks. (08/11/2005)

Streak Free Mirrors

I have always used a spray bottle with a 1/2 full rubbing alcohol and 1/2 cold water. Shake well each time before spraying and then dry with black AND WHITE news print from your paper. NOT COLORED this will leave sa mess. I live in a state where a lot of people spend the winters sking and going into the mountains for recriation. The salt and grime builds up quickly on the windows of the cars and trucks. Everyone I know carries black and white news print in their truncks to clean windows. In winter they use windsheild washer liquid because the crime is so bad but I never have a streaky window or mirror using the above methoud. (08/31/2005)

By Walker

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Anonymous
February 26, 20160 found this helpful

One snowy night while traveling I could hardly see from the grime being thrown on my windshield from trucks etc. I had nothing to clean it with except an empty glass of lemon tea. So I used the lemon slice to cut the grime and a T-shirt to wipe it and traveled on with no problem!!! I "McGiveered it"!!!

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February 4, 20100 found this helpful

What is the best remedy for obtaining streak-free mirrors?

Bryan from United Kingdom

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Streak Free Mirrors

Yes, I agree, the microfiber cloths work great to clean a mirror or any glass and it comes out with no streaks. You don't have to use any chemical, just water and you don't even have to dry. I find it's great on mirrored closet doors and the TV screen! (03/16/2007)

By Debbie52

Streak Free Mirrors

I use water and cheapo paper towels. The expensive ones are too soft and leave all kinds of lint. (03/16/2007)

By momma30

Streak Free Mirrors

Microfibre cloths are magic! No cleaners needed. I hate using newspaper. (03/16/2007)

By downunderchick

Streak Free Mirrors

I wet a sponge with water, squeeze out most of the water and wash the mirror. This works for me. No mess, no streaks. Then I use the sponge to clean the sink with cleanser. (03/25/2007)

By b_bragg

Streak Free Mirrors

Vinegar also works well, if you don't mind the smell.
(03/27/2007)

By Rose Anne

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