With proper care and maintenance, your mirrors will retain a beautiful shine for years to come. Below are a few tips for care and cleaning of your new mirrors.
The best & safest cleaner for a mirror is clean warm water used with a soft clean rag or paper towel when cleaning. An approved glass cleaner such as Windex or similar products may be used. Be careful not to allow the edges of the mirror to get or remain wet over a period of time.
Always use soft-grit free cloths when cleaning a mirror to reduce chances of scratching the surface. Remove any surface marks or stubborn dirt with 0000 oil-free steel wool, not solvents. These could attach & damage the edges & backing.
Good ventilation will keep mirrors from ”sweating” and creating condensing liquids that can be corrosive and damaging to mirrors. Prolonged exposure to moisture, corrosive chemicals, solvents, solvent vapors, and cleaning fluids will cause edge deterioration and silver spoilage.
- Do Not Use dirty or gritty rags, knives, scrapers, emery cloth or other abrasive materials for cleaning.
- Do Not Use any acid or alkali cleaners for mirror cleanup after installation. They can attack both the surface & edges as well as the backing of the mirror. And never use an abrasive cleaner on any mirror surface. Do not use heavy duty harsh commercial clean up solutions on mirrors. Most of them contain abrasives, alkali or acids- or all three. Remember the three A’s (abrasive, alkali and acids) are all harmful to mirrors.
- Never spray any cleaner directly on to a mirror. Instead apply the cleaner to a soft cloth & then wipe the mirror. Do not abuse the critical edges, most mirror failures are at the edges where spillover solutions attack the backing at its most vulnerable point.
With a minimum amount of care and maintenance your mirrors should retain their long-lasting beauty.