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Cleaning Your Mirror | Glass & Mirrors Tips

Mirror Cleaning Instructions

The “final touch” on any outstanding mirror installation is proper cleaning. The techniques described here are good practices for you to maintain the mirror.

  • The safest cleaner for a mirror is clean, warm water used with a soft cloth. An approved glass cleaner such as Windex or similar products may be used. However, be very careful not to allow the edges of the mirror to get or remain wet over a period of time.
  • Do not use any acid or alkali cleaners for mirror cleanup after installation. They can attack both the surface and edges as well as the backing of the mirror. And never use an abrasive cleaner on any mirror surface.
  • Do not use cleaners with heavy ammonia bases. These too can damage the mirror edges and backing and result in a ruined mirror.
  • Never spray any cleaner directly on to a mirror. Instead, apply the cleaner to a soft cloth and then wipe the mirror. This will also prevent “puddling” at the mirror edge where the cleaner could attack the backing.
  • Always use soft, grit-free cloths when cleaning a mirror to reduce chances of scratching the surface.
  • Be sure to dry all joints and edges thoroughly to be certain no cleaner comes in contact with the edge and backing.
  • Don’t clean across the face of multiple mirrors at the same time. When cleaning several mirrors installed on a wall, wipe the joints in the same direction as the joints. This will keep the cleaner from collecting in the area where the mirrors join.
  • Routine cleaning maintenance can be accomplished simply and effectively by washing, rinsing and drying the mirror.

These procedures recommended by the Mirror Division of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) are for the cleaning of high quality mirror products. Edge deterioration (black edge) has been reduced due to do improvements in mirror coatings. Most occurrences of this are a result of the use of improper cleaning agents. Research into more durable backing materials, consumer education, and improved mirror manufacturing processes is ongoing in a continuing effort to provide a durable, trouble-free, and environmentally safe product. Note that following these guidelines does not promise an end to all mirror problems. Screens & Things does not guarantee any results of any kind relating to the use of this publication.

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