The Mirror Care Guide – how to take care of your statement mirror.
So, you’ve bought a stunning new mirror, but how do you maintain its looks and quality over time? As part of this care guide, we’ll give you advice and tips on how to maintain your mirror from everyday cleaning to avoiding water damage.
Everyday dusting and cleaning of your mirror
Like the rest of the house, cleaning your mirror regularly is an absolute must if you’d like to maintain it; whichever type of mirror it may be. So, what are the best techniques and materials for doing so?
First of all, it’s imperative to remove the dust from the surface with a microfiber towel or lint-free cloth to avoid build-up. It’s then a case of using a soft towel dipped in warm water to remove the excess surface materials.
When cleaning, whether dusting or wiping, use a slow circular motion as this is the most effective at pulling material from the surface. In terms of regularity, it’s best practice to repeat this process twice a week as dust builds within a few days.
For mirrored frames, make sure to spend the same amount of time on the frame as the mirror. Depending on the age and material of the frame, it can get discoloured and worn if not cleaned properly, and natural solutions like water are the least damaging for cleaning it.
Make sure to avoid using any commercial solutions with acidic or alkaline properties that may damage the mirror’s surface over time. In addition to this, although there may be specialised glass cleaning products available, it’s less risk to use natural solutions.
Grease and harsher stains
Even with consistent dusting and cleaning of your mirrors, it’s sometimes impossible to avoid greasy, unwanted stains. But it takes a little more than just a damp cloth to remove these as using them may leave smear marks.
Instead, if you have any clumps of dirt attached to the mirror’s surface, scrunch up a newspaper, dip it in warm water with vinegar, then slowly scrub in circular motions. Vinegar is a natural solution with excellent cleaning properties so it’s sure to not damage the mirror or leave any unwanted stains or lint marks.
There may be a temptation to use a knife or scorer to remove the really tough stains but avoid at all costs as this will scratch the mirror’s surface. Anything sharp or metallic will be at risk of damaging the mirror if used for cleaning.
Finally, if you do use recommended cleaning products for cleaning, make sure you don’t spray straight onto the surface, instead, spray onto the cloth or newspaper. The main reason for this is that if any excess spray gets behind the mirror, it may seep into the exposed areas around the back and cause damage.
Avoid water damage (mirror rot)
You may have heard of mirror rot; it’s when moisture gets between the glass and silver layer of the mirror and forms black spots. The black ugly marks signal the end for mirrors and are extremely hard to reverse, so they have to be avoided.
The mirrors that are most affected are the frameless mirrors, and particularly the ones found in bathrooms or kitchens. These two areas of the house are high-risk areas for mirror rot as they have a lot of excess steam in the atmosphere, and in turn, moisture that can cause damage.
So how do you stop this from happening? First of all, do everything possible to keep the room ventilated to remove as much air moisture as possible. This may mean opening doors, windows or implementing an air vent, either way, this will significantly reduce the moisture build-up.
As previously mentioned, avoid spraying anything onto the mirror, and if you really want to protect the edges and create a barrier against moisture, look into silicone sealers. When purchasing these types of products, do make sure to as an expert before application.
Avoid general damage
Creating our perfect décor always involves the positioning of our accessories, like mirrors. By positioning your mirrors in low-risk areas around the home, you will not only have great-looking décor pieces, but ones that avoid damage.
For instance, you may have a pet which has access to your bedroom, so having a floor mirror may be at risk of damage. Similarly, living room mirrors may need to be positioned higher on the wall to be kept away from toys thrown by the kids – it all depends on your living environment.
Another standard way to damage a mirror is when it’s being transported, either from carrying it the home from purchasing, or repositioning it within the home. In both cases, make sure there are at least two people carrying the large mirrors and the small mirrors are wrapped in newspaper if boxed up.
Like any home furniture or accessory, regular cleaning is a must for sustaining its quality and look over time. It’s always better to use natural solutions like water and vinegar for regular cleaning while making sure the mirror is in a well-ventilated atmosphere is imperative for reducing any water damage. We can assure you that your mirror will last the test of time if all these maintenance tips are considered.
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