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How to Clean a Mirror Without Leaving Streaks

Learn how to clean mirrors without leaving streaks with this step-by-step guide.

What to Avoid When Cleaning Mirrors

More than wood furniture and even metal furniture, wall mirrors and bathroom mirrors are susceptible to scratching. Before you clean a mirror, make sure to inspect your cleaning cloth for loose particles and lint and remove any that you find (or get a new cloth altogether). Avoid using terrycloth or other towel types made up of mini 'loops,' as these are designed more for absorbing moisture than they are for cleaning. Finally, avoid anything with an abrasive surface (like the rough side of a sponge).

What to Do:

1. Identify any spots on the mirror that are noticeably dirty. Dab a paper towel or cotton pad with rubbing alcohol, and use it to wipe away any dirt or grime.

2. Cover the mirror with a cleaning solution safe for glass. This can be either store-bought (look for products labeled for mirrors) or homemade. To make your own mirror cleaning solution, mix equal parts water and vinegar, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle for easy dispensing.

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3. Spray the solution so that it evenly and lightly covers the glass part of the mirror.

4. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away the solution. Microfiber materials are like magnets for dirt; using a microfiber cloth will help to attract – and keep – stubborn particles of dust and grime. When cleaning mirrors, microfiber cloths will also help wick moisture away from the mirror's surface; this plays a huge role in preventing streaks.

5. When wiping away the solution, run the cloth from one end of the mirror to the other – in one swift motion. Once you have reached the other end of the mirror, fold the cloth over and wipe away more solution in another swift motion. Keep repeating this process until all solution is cleared away.

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