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How to Clean a Mirror Without Leaving Streaks

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It seems that cleaning a mirror is an easy task — all you need to do is spray it with a special cleaning agent and wipe it. However, oftentimes streaks are left even when you use a good-quality spray for cleaning glass, while the old-fashioned way of cleaning mirrors with the help of newspapers leads to the appearance of lint and dust.

5-Minute Crafts offers you several tips that will help you clean dust and dirt from any mirror without streaking.

You’ll need

  • 1 — spray bottle and glass cleaning agent
  • 2 — rubbing alcohol
  • 3 — spongy wipe or sponge
  • 4 — a microfiber cloth
  • 5 — white (table) vinegar
  • 6 — shaving foam

How to wash the mirror

Step 1. Remove the traces of hairspray and other dirty stains by wiping the surface of the mirror with a cotton pad or a microfiber cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Step 2. Apply the glass-cleaning agent on the mirror with the help of a spray bottle. Wipe the surface dry with the microfiber cloth. Move as if you are trying to draw the “S” letter on the mirror, from one edge of the mirror to the other. Simultaneously try to grab and remove excess dirt from the mirror’s surface.

Step 3. When you finish, move away and look at the mirror from different angles — make sure the surface is evenly cleaned. It’s ready!

How to make a glass-cleaning agent

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 glass of distilled water

  • 1/2 glass of white vinegar

How to make it: Mix the ingredients in one container and pour the liquid into a spray bottle. The main advantage of this agent is that it is an eco-friendly and simple composition, and the absence of streaks on the glass after using it. The smell of vinegar disappears in a couple of minutes after applying it to the surface.

Useful tips

  • If you find it difficult to clean water stains due to limescale, mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water (preferably distilled) in a container. Wet a sponge in the liquid and slowly wipe the glass. Make sure the sponge stays wet. To remove stubborn stains, apply a sponge to them and keep it there for a few minutes.

  • Stains from toothpaste and fingerprints can be quickly removed from a mirror if you wet a cotton pad in a small amount of rubbing alcohol and wipe the surface with it.

  • It’s better first to get rid of noticeable and stubborn stains and then evenly apply the cleaning agent to the entire surface of the mirror and wipe it dry. Otherwise, there could be streaks left over after the cleaning process.

  • To prevent the bathroom mirror from fogging up, apply shaving foam to it, then wipe dry with a microfiber towel or cloth. The mirror won’t fog up for a long time. Later, simply repeat the same procedure.

  • Don’t use tissues or old newspapers to clean and wipe mirrors. They can leave lint, dust, and leftovers of paper with ink. Instead, it’s better to use a thin wipe made of microfiber.

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