How to Clean your Glass and Mirror Surfaces

These surfaces bring bright light and warmth into our home, let us enjoy the outside scenery, add a sense of style and help us be ready for the different experiences of the day. When cleaned they instantly add these blissful senses of clarity, space and security. We kind of see better outside and inside ourselves. So let's take full advantage of a them by making sure no grim or toothpaste droplets are dulling our vision.




WINDOWS




Materials


👉 What you need:


✅ A Spray bottle with a 1/4th vinegar, 3/4th water solution,


✅ A sponge or a wet cloth


✅ A dry flat-weave cloth.















Process: The S-Motion


Step 1 - Spray your solution on the surface


Step 2 - The S Motion


Even out the solution across the mirror with a sponge or wet cloth in a S-Motion.


Finish up by going along the frame to make sure the solution covers every corner of the surface.







Step 3 - Remove the solution with your squeegee.


Step 4 - With a dry cloth in a S-Motion and from top to bottom dry the surface from the possible remaining droplets and to prevent any marks left from the squeegee or any other devices.




3 Tips


  1. Do the work during a cloudy day, or when the sun rays do not hit directly the window you are cleaning. The reason is that the heat will dry the glass surface too quickly during the process, especially when you spray the solution. It will dry before you can remove it leaving streaks.

  2. If the surface is not too dirty, use warm water first. Water is indeed the first solvent. I bet you will not notice the difference afterwards between a window cleaned with water and the chemical solutions you sprayed.

  3. Make sure to protect the floor underneath the windows you are cleaning, especially hardwood ones, with an adequate waterproof cover, eg a plastic bag cut in its length to prevent the water dripping from the squeegee, or from your bucket to sit on the floor and leave marks.

Et Voilà!




MIRROR


Materials


👉 What you need:


✅ A Spray bottle with a 1/4th vinegar, 3/4th water solution,


✅ A sponge or a wet cloth


✅ A dry flat-weave cloth.


The mirror needs a more gentle mix of an acidic agent and water.

Sometimes, let' be honest, spraying water (which is also a solvent by the way) cold or warm may be just enough to do the trick.


If you are a sponge addict you can go for any you like as long as you use the gentle side. Otherwise a simple clean damp cloth, rag will work just as good.



Process

Step 1 - Spray your solution on the surface


Step 2 - Even out the solution across the mirror with a sponge or wet cloth in a S-Motion.


Step 3 - Dry with your dry cloth in a S-Motion and top to bottom to make sure the whole surface is completely dry.



3 Tips


  1. If your mirror is rather clean already, warm water only will actually do just fine.

  2. If you put too much solution on the surface you may use a squeegee and or use an extra dry cloth.

  3. If the solution leaves a film, it means you add too much vinegar or not enough water. Don't panic, rinse the surface with clear water and start again.


Et voilà!




SHOWER DOOR


Most probably the most frustrating place in your house


Materials

👉 What you'll need:


✅ A Spray bottle with a 1/3rd vinegar, 3/4rd water solution,


✅ A sponge or a wet cloth


✅ A dry flat-weave cloth.


✅ Flat-weave cloth,


✅ Squeegee.












Process


✅ Vacuum the floor first if needed to make sure no dusts. Mix with water later on and form mush on the floor.


✅ Spray the area, even out the mixture on the surface with a sponge and let it sit for 30 min. It will give the vinegar enough time to break down the minerals (the infamous chalky, white stain).


✅ Hand motion with a sponge to efficiently clean a glass/mirror/windows.


✅ Rinse the surface with cold water.


✅ Use a squeegee to wipe the surface.


✅ Buff the glass with a dry cloth.


Ready! Shower door clean as new! 🤩


3 Tips

  1. If your shower door is rather clean already, water only will actually do just fine.

  2. If the process is not enough to remove hard water stains take a softly graded metal sponge and grate the glass just like a sponge. Make sure both the metal sponge and the glass surface are wet to make sure no scratch will mark the glass. You can try your sponge on a small area of the glass before to test the surface.

  3. Rinse with cold water. Cold water at the opposite of warm water contains less calcium.

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