To clean your cloudy mirror try either foam shaving cream or straight white vinegar in a spray bottle.
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I have moved into a newly built home and have 3 bathrooms with large mirrors. I have cleaned them with everything I know to remove the cloudy, haze that is on them. I have used window cleaner, vinegar, alcohol and even tried Greased Lightning. Nothing works. Any suggestions?
Kathy from Memphis
I too have (had) a problem with cloudy mirrors and tried everything. I am now using a slightly dampened (with water) microcloth. My mirrors are now streak-free and the clouding has gone.
For a haze on mirrors or glass that nothing works on or if you know that the surface has been chemically "etched" by using the wrong cleaner use jeweler's rouge. Call a local jewelry store to see if they have some in stock (about $4-5 a stick).
I have a very old dressing vanity with a triple mirror that had been left out on a covered porch for years. The mirror was very cloudy and it had water streaks running down it. I tried everything! Then I heard about shaving cream! It worked like MAGIC! Took a lot of hard rubbing and wiping and you might have to do it a couple of times. I was amazed! :)
I used Ceramabryte which is a glass-ceramic cooktop cleaner on my cloudy mirrors and it worked like magic. I'm guessing the cloudiness was from the painter using paint thinner to clean paint splatters off but he only succeeded in spreading it thinly all over the wall of mirrors.
Magic Eraser and Elbow Grease. I think my antique mirror might have had smoke residue. Glass plus works great for new stuff but this mirrow would just cloud up the minute any product dried. Magic Eraser plus A LOT of elbow grease is the only thing that has worked. BTW: You must push hard/fast enough that the magic eraser "squeaks" or it isn't going to work.
I have two inexpensive mirrors in my home that are driving me nuts. They have "stains" on them that I can only describe as like water stains and very cloudy. They look dirty all the time. Any idea on what I can do.
I would suggest that you go to a hardware store and get some Mirror surface removal and take your mirrors and take the paint off the back of them and buy some Mirror refinisher paint...and repaint them.. of course this might be fairly expensive if these are cheap mirrors...then just go get new mirrors...there are mirrors in all prices...
Hope this helps some
Try this before replacing. I don't know if it would work for your type of mirrors/problem, but it couldn't hurt. Take a small amount of shaving cream and clean the mirror. Don't use anything else with it. Just put a lil dab on a soft cloth and rub in until it is clean.
I too have a problem with cloudy mirrors and light fixtures - Several weeks ago a friend in my neighborhood gave me a can of Sprayway Glass Cleaner - be sure to use cotton fabric to clean mirrors with and I heard you should not spray the mirror but spray the fabric - do not use fabric softener in your "rags" - also soft paper towels like Viva and Bounty have an ingredient in their manufacturing that adds softness - hope it works for you. Someone once said the cheaper paper towels are best for mirrors and windows - of course newspaper works too but is dirty unless you use gloves. Check on line for availablity for Sprayaway - it can be purchased at Target, hardware stores and Linens & Things stores it's a big 19 oz can - My neighbor got hers ar Sam's but had to buy a case of it so she gave me a can.
I have a mirror that is about 70 years old, but in the last 6 or 7 years it has been down and sitting. I got it hung today and it's a little cloudy. I would like to know how I should clean it so that it will get the shine back. Whatever I do I want to start with the first wash. This mirror means a lot to me. My grandfather purchased it when my aunt was 8 years old, and she is now 70 years old. So, I want to start right so it will end up right.
By D. C.
I don't believe it is the glass that is cloudy but the backing that gives a piece of glass it reflectivity. It other words the mirror may need to be re-silvered or you can replace the mirror at less cost than having it re-silvered.
Any idea on how this would be happening in a bathroom? The right side of my mirror and the medicine cabinet on the adjacent wall keep developing a light brown haze. The sink is below this area and there is a light bar above the mirror and an outlet and a switch under the medicine cabinet. I've turned off the electric, covered the air vent, but it still comes back. This started last fall and I can't figure out where it is coming from or what it is. It cleans with water, but (soap or window cleaner works better). It is only in the downstairs bathroom.
Use rubbing alcohol on cotton balls to remove hairspray, toothpaste, and the like. Then clean your mirrors. You may be spreading dirt across your mirrors, causing the haze.
How do you clean your mirrors? You might want to switch the product you're using.
It depends. If the mirror is not well sealed (meaning the silvering and the glass front have a gap--like can happen in older mirrors, you probably are getting moisture between the two layers and that is causing the foggy look.
If it is a newer mirror and well sealed, you could just have a build up of grime (it happens to the best of us).
Our beloved Thrifty Fun has an older (but still good) thread on the different ways to treat:
I have had success with the shaving cream since mine is basic grime.
Hope yours is an easy fix!! Blessings!
I have cleaned the mirrors with alcohol, bleach, glass cleaner and soap and water. All of these clean the haze with some effort but it comes back after a couple of weeks or so, thus it's not behind the glass of the mirror. I even bought a small mirror and placed it on the sink and sure enough it is getting coated by this too. This is happening in one bathroom, and basically in the corner. I don't know if it coming from the vents (haven't been using the HVAC system for 3 months), or the electric outlets/light bar, or the sink or from something else. It looks like cigarette smoke and when you clean there is a bit of brownish residue on the towels. No one smokes and it started about 7 months ago and I've lived in the house for 6 years.
My unvented heaters cause a haze, even when it's just the pilot light on both mirrors and windows.