Mirrors in our home are one of those things we may not clean that often, or may to even realize we should clean until we see visible dirt on them.
When you think about it, mirrors in our bathroom are something we encounter each and every day, and cleaning our mirrors is an important step in cleaning our bathrooms (don't miss our favorite cleaning cloths for the bathroom)!
Today, I want to share some practical tips for how to keep your mirrors streak free.
How to Clean Mirrors Without Streaks
Are you searching for the secret of how to clean mirrors without streaks? I know I searched for it for a long time. As it turns out, there is not one single trick to streak free mirrors.
There are a couple of things that make a difference for streak free mirrors (and windows), the tools you use to clean your mirrors, and the technique you use to clean them.
Why do my mirrors streak when I clean them?
First things fist, your mirrors streak when you clean them because you are using too much cleaning liquid and not wiping it off fast enough.
There is either cleaning solution or just plain dirt left behind after you've wiped, which is what causes the streaking
You actually don't need that much cleaning solution, whether it be Windex or homemade mirror cleaner.
First, let's start with what you need for cleaning mirrors and windows.
What You Need to Clean Mirrors and Windows
There are two basic tools you need to clean your mirrors and windows: something to spray on them, and something to wipe them off with.
The first thing you need is a microfiber cloth. A microfiber cloth will not leave residue or lint behind, and will absorb all the cleaning solution.
The next thing you need is something to clean mirrors with. Many people use some sort of commercial glass cleaner like Windex.
Don't have any glass cleaner? Or looking for a more natural way to clean your mirrors? We have the complete guide to cleaning your mirrors and windows without Windex right here!
Now that we have talked about the tools to clean mirrors with, let's talk about the techniques.
What is the best way to clean mirrors without streaking?
Now that you have everything you need to clean your mirrors with let's talk about the best way to clean mirrors.
I know what you want to do. You want to spray the whole mirror down with cleaning solution. Then you're going to wonder everything is streaky.
I've always done the same thing, but it turns out that this is not the right way to clean a mirror.
Here is what you really need to know about cleaning mirrors:
Clean your mirrors in small sections at a time, and make sure each section is completely dry before moving on to the next.
This is by far the best way to clean large mirrors, as well as smaller ones.
This is one of the reasons a microfiber cloth is so essential, it will really soak up the moisture from the cleaning solution.
Streaks develop from the cleaner evaporating when you haven't wiped it away completely, or even from leftover dirt and debris on your mirror.
If your mirror is really dirty, you may want to clean it twice.
You can even use the method of spraying the whole thing down and wiping it down the first time, if you're just going to clean it a second time who cares if it is streaky at first.
Then the second time, clean your mirror in smaller sections, ensuring each one is completely dry before moving on.
You may also need to use a couple of different cleaning cloths deepening on how big your mirror is. Remember, the best way to clean large mirrors is to do them in smaller sections, and not skimp on changing your cloth!
That's really all there is to it. If you use the right tools and take your time, you will have streak free mirrors in on time at all.
Mirror Cleaning Hacks
One more time, let's sum up these mirror cleaning hacks.
- Always use a fresh microfiber cloth, or a few if you are cleaning large mirrors.
- Clean your mirror in small sections.
- Clean it quickly and thoroughly after spraying. Make sure to get all of that cleaning solution off fast!
- Don't forget these tips also work for cleaning windows or any other glass surface.
With these mirror cleaning hacks, you'll have steak free glass surfaces in no time at all.
Last update on 2022-08-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API