How to clean mirrors for a streak-free shine

The mirrors in your home serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose. When they look their very best, it helps you feel even prouder of your space. Not to mention the fact that it is much easier to style yourself in front of a mirror that is crisp and clean. Cleaning mirrors without leaving streaks is simple whether you want to use conventional cleaning products or DIY natural products. In this article, we will cover how to clean your mirrors perfectly using a variety of different materials.

A streak-free shine on glass

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Alright, you’ve got some beautiful mirrors in your place. Perhaps there is one in the entryway, another in your bedroom, and down the hall there are mirrors in your bathrooms and children’s rooms. Without realizing it, you’ve somehow managed to bring a lot of reflective glass into your life and now you want to know the best way to clean it.

The best method for cleaning mirrors goes a little something like this. First, spray your mirror from top to bottom with your preferred cleaning solution. It doesn’t really matter if you use a commercial window cleaning product or make your own solution. The results can be quite similar and there can be advantages to either. We will cover how to make a natural cleaning solution later in the article in case you haven’t tried this yet.

Next up, take a microfiber cloth and smoothly move it from one end to the other side of your mirror. When you get to the edges, fold the cloth over and soak up any extra solution that you might have pulled to the edge. Microfiber is recommended here because other mediums such as paper towels and normal terry cloth towels tend to leave a trail of paper or fabric pieces all over your mirror. No one wants that.

Be sure to pull the cloth from one side of your mirror to the other in a smooth, fluid motion. The smoother you are, the fewer streaks there will be. In general, this task shouldn’t require a great deal of muscle or force, instead, it’s a bit of a finesse move. With practice, you will have it down in no time, so don’t stress. If you keep noticing streaks, try using a bit less cleaning solution and you might be surprised how much this helps things.

That’s really all there is to it. Now we know many professional glass cleaners rely on squeegees to accomplish this same no-streak mirror cleaning feat. A squeegee can definitely help, but it’s not essential. If you have one handy, simply follow the same above steps and then finish things off with your squeegee. This way you are kind of sealing the deal and guaranteeing a no-streak finish every time.

How to clean mirrors using natural products

If you are wondering how to clean a bathroom window or any other glass surface in your home without the use of commercial products, you are in the right place. Believe it or not, you can create almost every commercially available cleaning product using completely natural ingredients. Back in the day, many people relied on these simple concoctions to clean their entire homes.

Today, many people are reconsidering natural DIY cleaning products because they want to live a more balanced and holistic lifestyle. The truth is, many commercial cleaners contain ingredients that are questionable at best when it comes to their overall safety profiles.

The best and simplest way to create a natural window cleaner is simply to combine equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. This tried and tested cleaner will work just as well as commercial window cleaners but contains none of the dangerous chemicals that these other products contain.
The natural acid in vinegar is what gives it the cleaning power to break down the schmutz all over your windows and other glass surfaces. As a bonus, you might be happy to know you can also use this DIY home product on countertops, floors, and other surfaces of your home.

To be extra safe, we recommend never cleaning a glass window with commercial or homemade cleaning solutions when it is directly in the sun. The heat from the sun can cause cleaning products to react and produce fumes that are not healthy for you or your family. So it’s best to clean your windows only when they are not receiving direct sunlight through them.

Find what works best for you

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Everyone needs to take care of their home in their own way. What works for some families might not work for others. That’s perfectly fine. We recommend that you stay open to experimenting to see what is best for you and your family. You do not have to do things the way anyone else does. It’s your space and you can take care of it the way you want.

Cleaning windows to reveal a streak-free shine is exceptionally easy. You can take care of all the glass surfaces in your home in just a few minutes. If you’ve been putting this job off because you weren’t happy with the results last time, simply follow our steps above and reveal perfectly shining and reflective glass surfaces today.

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