Brenda asked: I have little spots on the bathroom vanity mirror. They are splatters from a degreasing cleaner used while washing hands. I tried Windex, but still have little spots. I washed with a little dishwashing detergent, but they’re still there. What can I use to get the spots off?
Though most spots and splatters will easily release from glass and mirrored surfaces, there are a handful that are more stubborn than stubborn. For these, they just require a different product. Most mirror messes should come clean with this simple solution. Before you begin, see additional tips and advice for ways to protect your mirror as you work.
You Will Need:
- Bar Keepers Friend Liquid
- Clean sponge
- Microfiber cloth
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Moisten a sponge with clean water. Use a regular sponge, not a scrubbing pad as these can scratch the surface.
- Squirt a small amount of Bar Keepers Friend directly onto the damp sponge.
- Rub the cleaner onto the spots, using the sponge and gentle pressure, if needed.
- If the spots don’t wipe up, allow the cleaner to sit on the affected areas for 5-10 minutes, but do not let it dry on the mirror.
- Wipe the mirror again using the sponge.
- Once the spots are gone, wipe the mirror clean with a damp microfiber (lint free) cloth.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Although Bar Keepers Friend contains a very mild abrasive, the manufacturer states that it will not cause damage to glass or mirrors.
- If the spots on your mirror are black, what you are seeing is likely damage to the silvering. This isn’t anything you can repair yourself. The mirror will either need to be redone or replaced.
- Don’t get the frame or the edges of the mirror wet while you’re cleaning. The moisture can seep between the layers from the edge, causing damage and black spots.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals, solvents or glass cleaners. Even those safe for glass can cause damage to mirrors.