Sue asked, “How do you get film off a mirror from the fireplace below it? I’ve tried all types of cleaners and it comes out smeary and greasy looking. Help!”
Soot is notorious for its hard-to-clean grease. Keep reading to find out how you can cut that grease and restore the shine to your mirror with ease.
You Will Need:
- Formula 409
- Dish liquid
Steps to Remove the Soot:
- Formula 409 makes a glass and surface cleaner and is so effective for removing soot, it can even be used to remove soot stains from clothing.¹ Spray the mirror with the Formula 409 and wipe away the greasy grunge.
- Combine vinegar and water in equal parts and wipe the glass clean with the solution on a cloth or sponge.²
- Ammonia can also be effective at cutting through the oils in soot. Add a tablespoon of ammonia for each quart of warm water and wipe away the stains with the solution on a cloth or sponge.²
- Some dish liquids, such as Dawn, contain ammonia. Place a couple drops of dish liquid on a damp sponge and wipe the soot off the mirror with the sponge.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Take the mirror outside or ventilate the room well when using ammonia and wear gloves. For more ammonia safety information, see Wikipedia.
- Joey Green’s Cleaning Magic
- The Complete Household Handbook by Good Housekeeping