What is the best product for cleaning mirrors

Cleaning the bathroom mirror properly - completely without cleaning agents!

Toothpaste splashes, fingerprints and dust - who doesn't have these on their bathroom mirror? We have tips on how to get your bathroom mirror clean and streak-free - without damaging it! Because what many do not know: household and cleaning products damage your mirror without you noticing!

Grandma's insider tip? We say: stay away from home remedies

If you ask the Internet, there are supposedly all sorts of half-forgotten home remedies that you can use to clean your mirror in a wonderful way: According to tips from countless websites, potatoes, vinegar or newspaper make the use of all other cleaning agents superfluous. Nevertheless, we advise against these cleaning methods. Why?

  • vinegar damages the silver coating of your mirror and can lead to corrosion. In no case should you rub it on your mirror, not even with "a drop to make the mirror shine," as is often claimed. Vinegar is often used out of sheer ignorance, recommended by ceramic manufacturers for cleaning ceramics, but it is a death sentence for your mirror in the long run.
  • Also with Newsprint and potatoes don't make mirror cleaning easier for yourself. Because the printing ink can rub off as soon as it gets wet. In addition, it is hardly possible to polish with such coarse paper.
  • The same applies to the abrasion of cut open Potatoeswhich is not directly harmful, but clogs the pores of the sandblasting on the front of the mirror when cleaning.

The table potato is called table potato because it is there to eat - not to clean.

Classic cleaning agents are also a waste of money

In addition to the household remedies, many also use the classic glass cleaner or a mixture of washing-up liquid and alcohol. Unfortunately, many do not know that the glass cleaner works wonderfully on window fronts, but that the mirror becomes an enemy.

  • The components of Glass cleaner attack the silver layer of the mirror and can damage the mirror. Perhaps you have seen a mirror like this before: it starts to rust on the sides until it finally goes blind. The cause? Glass cleaner.
Check out our mirror repair tips to find out what to do if your mirror is already damaged.

The danger of chemicals for your bathroom mirror

To properly clean mirrors, we must first understand why mirrors are such delicate products.

A mirror consists of a glass plate with a layer of silver and several layers of lacquer. The silver is the part that is responsible for the reflection. Because of this special nature of multi-layer cast coatings, you should always pay the utmost attention to your mirror in the bathroom, as it is easily susceptible to changes.

The causes of changes in the mirror often result from effects on the mirror edge or the coating. This includes:

  • Cleaning with unsuitable cleaning agents
  • Drops of water that were not removed from the edge of the mirror immediately during cleaning
  • A humid environment with insufficient ventilation
  • Vapors from solvents that are in the immediate vicinity, e.g. in nail polish remover or in strong cleaners
  • The alkalinity of the masonry in connection with moisture
  • Possible damage during assembly.

Glass cleaners may contain nourishing chemical components or odorous substances. In the case of mirrors, the silver layer is exposed in the edge area and is therefore directly exposed to the influences.

And glass cleaner means glass cleaner - you know.

How to clean your mirror

  • You can actually save the money for expensive cleaning products. We recommend that you clean the mirror regularly, but only with warm water and a suitable cloth.
  • If you have stubbornly dirty mirrors - for example because the children wanted to try lipstick on it - you can carefully remove the dirt with a little alcohol on a cotton pad. You do not need to clean alcohol with water as it does not damage the mirror.
Toothpaste residues or similar bathroom dirt, on the other hand, are water-soluble and do not require any aggressive cleaning agents.

The right utensils

When choosing the cleaning material, you have the choice between three suitable types of cloth:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Chamois leather
  • A soft cotton cloth

But what is the best cloth to clean the mirror with? Opinions differ a little on this point. There is only agreement on one point: kitchen paper or plastic sponges usually leave lint behind. This is why microfiber cloths, chamois leather and cotton are more suitable, as these dry lint-free.

The advantage of microfiber cloths: The mirror remains completely free of streaks.

The step-by-step instructions

  1. Toothbrushes, jars and similar cosmetic products are often found below the mirror - it is best to put everything aside so that the cleaning water does not drip on them. Then remove coarse dirt from the mirror with a little water. Caution: Do not use any rough surfaces for cleaning, as they can scratch the glass of the mirror. Pot sponges are therefore not suitable!
  2. Then wipe with clean water and a lint-free cloth. Many swear by a wet microfiber cloth even at this step. But an old T-shirt can also be used.
  3. Now you should rub the mirror dry with a second rag.
  4. Finally, if necessary, remove stubborn dirt with a little alcohol. No additional drying is required here.

You can find more tips on cleaning your bathroom here.

Outlook: The only thing that helps against fogged mirrors

Especially in small, windowless bathrooms, mirrors mist up very quickly when showering. Of course, this is always particularly annoying when things have to be done quickly and at the same time you don't want to produce unsightly stains on the mirror. Because if you simply run your hand over the mirror, you will be annoyed by streaks later.

Here, too, you will repeatedly come across household tips that are supposed to prevent fogging. Whether soap or glasses cleaning cloths, the effect should be the same: the glycerine it contains leaves a kind of invisible film on the mirror that prevents water from settling. Applied finely once a week, you can look in the mirror without fogging up - at least that's what they say.

A quick look at simple physics shows why this cannot work: The fogging of surfaces happens where they are colder than the ambient temperature. The existing moisture in the air is then deposited as fog on the surface. A film of any kind doesn't change that.

A mist on the mirror is purely a matter of temperature - steam meets cold and becomes liquid.

What these tricks are actually supposed to do is to reduce the surface tension of the water through their alkaline constituents, so that the small water droplets on your mirror cannot collect into larger droplets. Your mirror will still be fogged up.

You will still be more successful if you simply point a hair dryer at your mirror for a moment: By bringing it to the ambient temperature, less water will condense on its surface.

The alternative idea of ​​placing a candle under your mirror works - and creates a nice atmosphere, but it risks sooting your mirror and causing unsightly streaks. In addition, this method is only suitable for smaller mirrors.

Candles under the mirror? A romantic idea - with the likelihood of soot streaks on your mirror.

The most sensible alternative: the heated bathroom mirror Contrary to all these “tricks”, a heated mirror is the best alternative. This can also be connected to the light switch (however, it is essential that you have this done by an electrician). You can of course also install a separate switch on the edge of the mirror. This heats the mirror to around 45 degrees while you shower and does not fog up.

For an easy-to-install mirror heater for retrofitting, your bathroom mirror only needs to have a minimum width of 44 cm - 20 cm wider and 20 cm higher than the heater.

We also have all the information you need to know about retrofitting your mirror.

The only way to really outsmart the fog: a mirror heater.

As you can see, a mirror needs little to be well cared for - and to last for a long time.

Wherever budget resources actually help you keep your bathroom clean, you can here read up.

If, on the other hand, mold is bothering your bathroom, we have the best tips against mold for her.

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