Mirror Care Do’s and Don’ts
Here are some tips to take good care of your mirrors so they can maintain their beauty in the years to come.
DO Unbox new mirrors immediately over a soft surface
For new mirrors, unpack them as soon as possible to allow moisture during shipment to dissipate. Beds and carpets are ideal for unboxing fragile items like mirrors. If you don’t have a carpet/rug, lay down a thick fabric like a blanket or double bed sheet instead.
DON’T wear rings/bracelets/watches
These accessories can scratch the surface or chip the edges when handling mirrors so it’s best not to wear any.
DO wear rubber gloves
While it’s easy to get a good grip of framed mirrors, frameless designs are more likely to slip through your fingers. With the anti-slip benefit, wearing rubber gloves when handling mirrors and glass helps to prevent chipping the edges and corners of the material.
DON’T use alkaline based or other abrasive cleaners
They can attack the surface and edges as well as the backing of the mirror. Never use an abrasive cleaner on any mirror surface.
DO use clean, warm water when cleaning
Wet a soft, grit free cloth and then wipe the mirror. Be careful not to allow the edges of the mirror to remain wet over a period of time.
DON’T use paper towels to clean your mirrors
It may be tempting to reach for an absorbent paper towel or tissue when you notice spots on your mirror, but not only do paper towels leave distracting tiny fibers behind, but they’re also mildly abrasive. So there is a chance they could damage your mirror’s finish over time.
DO use microfibre towels for dusting
Use a microfiber cloth to remove any particles of dust or smudges. These can work perfectly on spots when a damp cloth simply can’t.