Cleaning your mirrors perfectly!
What is Mirror Corrosion?
Mirror Corrosion occurs when the aluminium coating under the silica overcoat starts to oxidise. It generally happens more so to older mirrors, but can happen to newer mirrors if cleaning chemicals seep between the backing. If it is corrosion, cleaning won't remove it. Corrosion will also have a slight scalloped shape to the corrosion pattern. Corrosion can only be fixed by stripping the coatings on the mirror and recoating the substrate glass.
Why does Mirror corrosion occur?
If chemicals get too close to the edge of your mirror, over time, they will seep in between the glass and the mirror backing. This will permanently damage your mirror, and give the appearance of green and black spots/speckles, which can only be repaired by painting a new finish on the back…or…replacing your mirror!
How to prevent Mirrors Corroding?
Never use a Squeegee on Mirrors and when cleaning mirrors, only ever spray your cleaning product of choice …Lemon Oil …in the middle of the mirror, then start cleaning in the middle, working outwards.
How to Clean Mirrors to prevent Corrosion?
Here is a Neatspiration step by step… AND I am still surprised how clean they come up – it is like you are looking through the mirror and not into it.
STEP 1 – Spray Neatspiration Lemon Oil in the middle of the mirror.
STEP 2 – Wipe in a circular motion from the middle outwards with a damp Neatspiration microfibre glass cloth.
STEP 3 – Then to get it to sparkle, lightly respray with Lemon Oil and rub in a circular motion from top to bottom with a dry Neatspiration microfiber glass cloth. If you are in a hurry, spray and clean with a dry microfibre glass cloth.
NOTE – If they are a bit dirty that’s when I use a damp cloth followed by a dry. But if they are pretty good, I just spray and clean with a dry cloth.
Have fun cleaning your mirrors!!!