Make Office Mirror Cleaning Work for You

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Mirrors with streak-free finishes are hard to achieve. Janitors are always struggling to achieve this condition that’s why a well-thought mirror cleaning plan is a must. Some of you might not know but the wrong type of cleaner and the characteristics of grime and dust may result in streaks on your mirror or some areas that look smudged, even after cleaning. However, that’s normal since mirrors get gunky and cloudy. Sometimes they are even covered with spittle and spray. In this article, we have listed a few things that would fulfill your streak-free mirror fantasy.

Step-by-step procedure

Examine your mirror’s condition

Inspecting your mirror’s condition before cleaning makes it possible for you to prepare all the necessary solutions and tools you might need to get the job done. Various types of gunk grime and dust accumulate on top of the mirror’s surface. This requires different solutions if you want to achieve that streak-free mirror. Moreover, your water quality can take a fair share of space on your mirror’s surface such as calcium deposits and limescale.

To remove such dirt on your mirror’s surface you got to familiarize yourself with them. Calcium deposits are slightly rough-textured spots that can be removed using a white vinegar mixture. Wipe it using a microfiber cloth. Limescale, on the other hand, creates a milky white layer on your mirror since it’s a residue left behind by hard water (water with a high concentration of dissolved minerals and magnesium). This can be removed with the use of pickling vinegar, lemon, or lime juice. Just make sure to use a paper towel when wiping the surface.

Create an action plan and a checklist

The next step in achieving your streak-free mirror fantasy is to prepare action and a checklist. This is done by most commercial cleaners since it helps them in a lot of ways. It will also help you in managing your time wisely. Furthermore, it lets you know what supplies and equipment are still needed before you start cleaning. We know you don’t want to stop in the middle of your cleaning to buy some stuff you need and leave the place messy. That’s the main reason why you need to get yourself a checklist before it’s too late. Some of the supplies and equipment you might use are:

  • Spray bottles or buckets
  • Clean rags
  • Microfiber cloth or old newspaper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Gloves
  • Vinegar solution and lime juice extract

Do pre-treatment on your mirrors

Most people skip this step since they consider it an additional step, but it is essential in achieving a streak-free finish. As mentioned earlier, a mirror accumulates various dirt from splatters of toothpaste or mouthwash to dust, so cleaning your mirror without pre-treating if before would only make your mirror messier than before. All that dirt just transfers to whatever material you’re wiping your mirror with then transfers back to the mirror you’re wiping. That’s why it’s essential. Just simply use rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth or old newspaper to wipe your mirror down. This way all the dirt and grime build-up decrease or get eliminated before you even start your streak-free fantasy.

Note: Avoid using cotton balls since they leave some fibers behind on the mirror’s surface.

Perform final inspection

Lastly, take a final look at your mirror’s surface to ensure that all the grime build-up has been removed and it’s streak-free. Scan the surface at different angles to see the reflection of any leftover dirt, if any.

Hacks worth trying

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Shaving cream

If you’re constantly struggling from foggy mirrors after showering, then you might want to try applying a thin layer of shaving cream after your mirror cleaning routine. The leftover glycerin from the shaving cream will serve as a protective coating on your mirror’s surface. A small amount is enough to achieve this, just make sure to wipe it across your mirror using a microfiber cloth.

Vinegar-water solution

Vinegar, as we all know, is a natural acid allowing it to act as a solvent to aid you in dissolving hard water mineral deposits that may lead to stain and build-up. Additionally, using this solution would avoid your mirrors from having a cloudy surface. Remember to put it in a spray bottle but try to avoid spraying the mirror directly to avoid a messy and drippy cleaning. Spray it on a microfiber instead. This would also avoid it from pooling into the corners.

Lemon juice with dish detergent and vinegar

As mentioned earlier, lemon juice is a great solution for removing limescale. Adding some dish detergent and vinegar would be a perfect cleaning solution for your mirrors. Not only does it remove limescale, but also helps in removing build-up dirt, soap residue, and more.

Nail polish remover

There are stubborn stains once in a while, so using a cloth dipped in nail polish remover would be a great help in helping you remove that tough stain. It also removes paint splatter on your mirror easily but try to avoid painting near a mirror cause it is hard to remove.


Of course, a microfiber cloth still has surfaces it can’t reach and that includes corners. These hard-to-reach areas need the special help of a toothbrush. The tiny bristles can easily reach those corners that have build-up grime and dust.

Old newspaper

A few people know about this but using an old newspaper to wipe your mirror is an effective way to achieve your streak-free mirror fantasy. It doesn’t easily tear like paper towels or leave behind little particle puffs like a thick cloth rag, that’s why they are often avoided when cleaning mirrors. Also, an old newspaper isn’t like a microfiber cloth that needs to be washed from time to time to avoid the dirt from transferring back to the mirror’s surface.

Wipe from side to side, and top to bottom

There is a big misconception about what motion to use to have a streak-free finish, but it’s quite simple. Just use side to side then top to bottom motions. It helps avoid streaky lines and you would likely see lesser streaks. Using the circular motion does not guarantee a streak-free finish that commercials nowadays advertise, so sticking with the simple motions would help you greatly.

Mirrors may be somewhat hard to clean, but they still deserve some degree of respect. What would happen to you if your mirrors were too cloudy? Well, without them we’re sure you won’t be able to check if your make-up is not smudged or if your French tuck looks flawless. Mirror cleaning might not be a difficult task, but it goes without saying that most businesses tend to neglect this. That’s why hiring a commercial cleaner to take care of this problem is helpful.

At Burgos Cleaning, we ensure all important parts of your office are in top condition and create a comfortable working environment. We offer our services in Connecticut (Fairfield, Hartford, and Litchfield County) and provide numerous office cleaning services on the commercial level from small businesses to big buildings and complexes. Contact us now to avail the best commercial cleaning services in town!