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Mirror, Mirror, on the wall: who has the cleanest mirror of all?

Although you probably spend less time in front of it than the evil queen from Snow White, your mirror is a household item that you likely use each and every day. So how can keep this important tool clean and clear so it provides a smear-free reflection? Since mirrors are routinely exposed to steam from showers and aerosol products such as hairspray, deodorant and perfumes, it takes a bit of doing to keep them clean.

My Cleaning Lady is a domestic referral agency which works with only the best housekeepers in the business. Based in LaVerne, California, we offer professional housecleaning services all along the 210 corridor in the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. And we’d love to share some expert hints about how to clean the mirrors in your home:

  • First, clean the mirror to remove heavy dirt or marks. Use plain water for pre-cleaning. Then, use a tightly-woven cloth, which is softer and less abrasive than a paper towel.
  • Although there’s virtually no way to save the silver if it’s wearing off of your mirror, if the surface is spotted but not destroyed, you can remove streaks by applying a 50/50 solution of distilled white household vinegar and tap water.
  • Does a murky film form on your mirrors after you clean them? If the surface of your mirrors resembles the steam-covered film that forms after you shower, avoid traditional cleansers such as ammonia and window cleaner. Instead, apply a crumpled newspaper to the mirror’s surface along with a diluted mixture of ordinary dish soap and water and it will shine. Go over the wet areas with a dry portion of newspaper. This will leave the mirror dry and keep drip marks from drying onto the surface. For more details about this method, check out our instructional window-cleaning video.

[Please note: some newspapers use soy-based ink instead of traditional inks which contain lead. If your newspapers smear the surface instead of cleaning it, you might have to change newspaper subscriptions or use another cleaning method for windows and mirrors.]

  • If dust is on the surface of the mirror, use diluted dish soap or rubbing alcohol to remove the residue. Or dry with a lint-free cloth or paper towel that won’t leave fibers behind.
  • To prevent hard-water staining, stuff some paper towels under the sides of the mirror while you’re cleaning to catch excess drips to prevent them from running between the mirror surface and the silver on the mirror back.
  • Another inexpensive option is to use coffee filters with a mixture of plain white vinegar and a dash of baking soda, which will clean the surface of the mirror without leaving streaks.

If your commitment to keeping a clean home extends beyond your household mirrors, you could benefit from professional housecleaning services. My Cleaning Lady is a domestic referral agency.  The house cleaners we refer offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices. My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency proudly serves Arcadia, Chino, Chino Hills, Duarte, Ontario, Pomona, LaVerne, Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Montclair, Claremont, Phillips Ranch, Upland, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, and Sierra Madre. Visit call (909) 593-6690 for information or to arrange a free estimate.