Mirrors don’t have to be high maintenance. A quick clean once a week is effective for removing dust, fingerprints, dried droplets of water and other surface stains.
There is a lot of conflicting advice online about the best way to clean a mirror. At Mirror Mania we recommend using a chemical-free cleaning solution sprayed directly onto a soft cloth to clean mirror surfaces. Avoid spraying any cleaning products onto the trim to prevent dirt or cleaning residue building up in difficult places.
How to clean a mirror
Spray the solution directly onto the cloth first, then apply it to the mirror. Spraying the solution directly onto the mirror can lead to it accumulating in the corners or worse, working its way under the surface and causing small bubbles that cannot be removed.
We recommend using a soft cloth to buff the surface of the mirror to a gleaming shine. Microfibre cloths have a much tighter weave that is durable enough to tackle grooves and edges in a decorative mirror. Stick to the thinner varieties for glass cleaning though – thick microfibres cloths can carry lint or fibres.
How to hang a mirror correctly
When cleaning a mirror there should be no need to apply much pressure. Customers have told us they are sometimes wary of cleaning their mirror effectively for fear it may fall off the wall. Rest assured that, if you have followed our mirror hanging methods properly, your mirror will be hung correctly and securely to the wall.
There are three different methods you can use to attach a mirror to a wall. The best option for you will depend on the size and weight of the mirror and we will supply either of the following, depending on the style of mirror you choose:
- French cleats
- Strap hangers
- Security fixings
If your mirror is to be fitted in a bathroom, please let us know so we can supply the appropriate fixings.
You’ll also need to ensure the wall is strong and stable enough to support the weight of the mirror. We highly recommend consulting with a qualified tradesman to check whether your chosen wall will be suitable for the dimensions of the mirror, especially if it is not brick. The fixings we supply are designed for use with brick and brick only.
We strongly recommend against using cord, wire or anything of the sort to hang a mirror, even if it can seemingly hold the weight easily. This is because the pressure can cause the mirror to bow or warp over time. In the worst case, it can even cause the glass to crack.
With over 30 years expertise in making mirrors, these guidelines have been given to ensure the longevity of your mirror. Should you choose not follow these guidelines, we will not accept responsibility for any damage caused to, or by, a mirror if any modifications are made or if the above guidelines and recommendations are not adhered to.
For more mirror aftercare and hanging advice please see our mirror buying guide. If you’re uncertain of anything after buying your mirror, please do not hesitate to give us a call.