They attract dust, dirt and scratches, and every touch leaves a mark. But when mirrors and glass surfaces gleam, the whole house sparkles. Here are some simple methods to keep them looking good. A few standard household items and a little elbow grease should keep glass surfaces and mirrors clean.
Glass surfaces Wipe tabletops with lemon juice, drying them with paper towels before polishing with newspaper to keep them shining like new. Polish away small scratches by smearing on a little toothpaste, then buffing it off with a soft cloth. Remove dried-on dirt specks by wiping them with ammonia and water. Allow wax to harden before carefully lifting it off with a razor blade. Use rubbing alcohol to remove the remainder. Smooth a sharp chip in a glass surface by covering the edge with a thick layer of clear nail polish. Clean flat-screen monitors and televisions with a soft, dry microfiber cloth, wiping it gently. Don’t scrub. Pushing on the screen can burn out the pixels. Instead, barely dampen your cloth with distilled water.
Mirrors Keep mirrors gleaming with a mixture of warm water and vinegar. Combine 1 cup (250 ml) white vinegar with 1 quart (1 L) warm water and rub on the mirror with a soft cloth. Use crumpled newspaper to wipe the mixture away in slow circles. Presto! No streaks. Clean a mirror by rubbing it with a potato cut in half, then rinsing with water and polishing. It will keep bathroom fog at bay, too, which is an added bonus. Keep mirrors clean without leaving streaks by wiping them with cool, strong black tea and drying with a chamois. Use a little rubbing alcohol to leave a nice luster after polishing. This will also remove the sticky film left by hairspray. Defog mirrors with a hair dryer after a shower. A quick blast should clear up the problem. Prevent mirrors from fogging up by coating them with shaving cream or toothpaste and wiping them dry with a clean towel before showering. Avoid placing a mirror in direct sunlight, as that can dull its surface.