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How to Keep Mirrors Spotless

Say goodbye to scummy, streaky messes on your glass surfaces.

 

MIRRORS

You might think it’s an old wives’ tale, but using newspapers to clean mirrors really works! The thin material absorbs dirt or liquid on the surface of the glass, instead of pushing it around and leaving streaks.

If you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, clean your mirrors with two balls of scrunched-up newspaper. Dampen the first ball and use that to wipe the mirror, then use the second dry piece to go over the slightly damp surface till it looks bright and shiny.

 

WINDOWS

Most glass cleaners work well on weather-beaten windows, but if you’re still left with streaks and spots, it could be due to the way you’re cleaning the surface.

  • Use a squeegee instead of an old rag. This simple tool has a rubber ridge at the end of its handle, which is great for gently scraping the surface of your window without leaving streaks.
  • To avoid drips or having to go over your window twice, always clean from top to bottom.
  • If the corners of the window have dust residue stuck in them, clean them out with cotton buds.
  • Clean your windows on a cool, cloudy day. Extremely hot days can dry your windows too quickly, leaving you with water marks.

 

SHOWER DOORS

Textured shower doors can be difficult to clean, but try this homemade tool that will clean out every nook and cranny. Cut a lemon in half and dip the cut surface into salt. Use the salted surface to scrub the doors. Keep dipping your lemon into the salt crystals, which act as a scrub that will clean between the crevices. This works great on smooth surfaces, too.

 

GLASS BACKSPLASH

Having a sheet of glass as your backsplash is great if you’re looking for an easy-to-clean kitchen. But if it isn’t cleaned often enough, grease and smoke spots will build on it. Get rid of them by scrubbing the area with a solution of dish detergent and warm water.

 

By Amanda Jayne Lee, Home & Décor, October 2014 

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