How to Clean Your Wardrobe's Mirrors
Mirrored wardrobes can be a stylish and practical addition to any home. Not only are they modish and sophisticated but they are perfect for reflecting light to make a room feel more spacious. The only downside to these types of wardrobes is that a few sticky fingerprints can quickly mar their sleek appearance. This means that if you have kids or pets running around your home, you are going to want to include regular mirror maintenance in your cleaning routine.
The good news is that getting your sliding or hinged wardrobe mirrors to sparkle is not a difficult feat. In just 3 easy steps, you can have clean mirrors that highlight your interior to make it optimally attractive.
1. Find the Right Cleaning Product
The very first step is to get your hands on a cleaning product designed for glass or mirrors. The ideal product shouldn’t leave any marks or residue behind but should still be effective enough to remove dirt and grime from surfaces. There are many store-bought brands that work wonders at keeping mirrors clean but these are often formulated with chemicals that may not be environment friendly. But that’s OK – because homemade remedies can also be an excellent solution, no pun intended!
- Branded products
Branded cleaning products come conveniently packaged and can usually be put directly to use. When shopping for a mirror cleaner, look out for names that are specifically designed to make surfaces shine. We recommend trying HG glass and mirror spray cause it's widely available and affordable too.
Whilst perusing the cleaning aisle at your local grocer, you will notice that there is no shortage of options and there are MANY mirror, window, and glass cleaning product brands to choose from.
- Natural home remedies
Natural remedies may not have the fragrant smell that tends to linger after applying a store-bought cleaning product, but they can be just as effective and are kinder to nature. The secret lies in vinegar. White vinegar or apple cider vinegar is amazing for cleaning because it evaporates quickly and includes disinfecting properties.
To use vinegar for cleaning your mirrored wardrobes, simply fill a spray bottle with 250 ml of water and 3-4 tablespoons of vinegar (avoid brown vinegar). Spray this solution onto your surfaces and then wipe it to remove dust and marks.
***We love vinegar for wardrobes because it won’t damage the other materials and it will also be gentle on your stored belongings.
- A quick fix…
If you need a quick solution to get those mirrors to shine and you are out of vinegar – no problem! You can use your daily dishwashing liquid to clean mirrors and glass. Simply add half a teaspoon of dish soap to 250 ml of warm water and apply the solution to your mirror using a spray bottle. This solution can be used again and again until it is finished.
2. Get the Right Cloth
An excellent cleaning solution needs an excellent partner in crime, also known as – a cloth. When it comes to glass, windows, and mirrors, then a microfibre cloth works best at reducing the number of fibres left behind on surfaces after cleaning. Microfibre cloths are also soft and gentle and won’t scratch your beloved furniture.
Other materials that work well when cleaning mirrors for a perfectly shiny finish include:
- Kitchen towels
- Double-ply toilet paper
Tip: spray your cleaning solution directly onto your mirrors, this will prevent paper towels and newspaper from becoming soggy and broken before they are put to good use.
3. Keep your tracks and hinges clean
Keeping your entire wardrobe neat and maintained will enhance your mirrored wardrobe doors for an ultimately clean finish. We suggest that you vacuum your wardrobe’s tracks and hinges every time you hoover your room. This will help to keep the fluid glide of your doors in tip-top shape and will also prevent dirt and grime from gathering at the sides/bottom of your mirror – thus keeping your mirrored doors cleaner for longer.
If you have chosen the water and vinegar cleaning alternative, then you can use this safe solution to clean hinges, tracks, and even the interior of your cupboard too.
Mirrored wardrobes don’t have to be a schlep to keep clean and beautiful. With the right cleaning solution in one hand and a quality microfibre cloth in the other, your mirrors can “shine bright like a diamond” every day. And if this type of wardrobe does seem like it’s going to be too much work for you, there are some stunning wood-panelled options available in store.