Glass and mirrors cleaning tips

Blossom Lady
May 12, 2022 08:24 AM

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.
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