We’ve all been there. You take the time to clean your mirror, think you’ve done a good job, then your cleaning solution fully dries and…streaks. Suddenly, the mirror you just put in the effort to clean looks even dirtier than before you started. Cleaning your mirror again using the same method is only going to make things worse, so how can you achieve a streak-free mirror?
First, let’s talk about the mistakes you might be making that can lead to unsightly smudges and frustrating streaks.
Mistake #1: Using a paper towel
While paper towels may seem like the logical choice for cleaning your mirror, they’re actually more likely to leave behind particles and cause streaks.
Mistake #2: Using a cleaning solution not meant for glass
Run of the mill cleaning solutions aren’t designed to minimize streaks. A designated glass cleaner will make fewer suds than other cleaning solutions, which helps to reduce the residue left behind. Can’t find a store bought brand that does the trick for the right price? Consider making your own.
Now that we have those two mistakes out of the way, let’s talk about the tried and true method for getting a streak-free mirror.
Step 1: Pre-clean
Yes, it may sound ridiculous, but pre-cleaning your mirror is one of the secrets to ensuring your glass cleaner can do its job. Look closely and identify any spots or flecks — like toothpaste or make-up, perhaps — then carefully remove using rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad. This spot check might seem unnecessary, but trust us: it’ll save you more time in the long run.
Step 2: Spray With Glass Cleaner
Careful not to oversaturate. Ideally, you want your glass cleaner to be finely misted, not dripping.
Step 3: Wipe Clean With a Microfiber Cloth
A flat-weave microfiber cloth will yield the best results and avoid any lint sticking to your mirror. Start at the top left corner of the mirror and drag the cloth straight across to the top right corner. From there, run your cloth back toward the left side of the mirror slightly below where you last passed the cloth. Continue making horizontal swipes from side to side until you’ve removed all the glass cleaner from the mirror.
Step 4: Stand Back and Admire Your Handy Work
At this point, your mirror should be completely clean and streak-free. If you notice any missed spots, use your cleaner and cloth to remove them and then buff dry. Otherwise, enjoy seeing your clear, streak-free reflection smiling back at you.
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