- Step 1: Brush dust off the frame Brush the mirror frame with a soft-bristled paintbrush to remove dust and debris.
- Step 2: Wipe off dust Wipe the mirror with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to remove any dust.
- TIP: If the mirror has black marks or voids, it may need to be re-silvered. However, re-silvering antique mirrors decreases the value.
- Step 3: Put rubbing alcohol and water in bottle Add one part rubbing alcohol and two parts water to a spray bottle.
- Step 4: Spray cloth and wipe mirror Spray the alcohol and water mixture onto another lint-free cloth and wipe down the mirror.
- TIP: Avoid getting moisture between the glass and the silvering of the mirror by spraying the cloth until it is damp, not wet.
- Step 5: Dry mirror Dry the mirror with a dry lint-free cloth. Stand back and look at that handsome face.
- FACT: In June 2007, the Hall of Mirrors at Chateau de Versailles, built by Louis XIV, was reopened after a $16 million restoration -- the first top-to-bottom restoration of the hall in over 300 years.
You Will Need
- A soft-bristled paintbrush
- 3 soft
- lint-free cloths
- A spray bottle
- Rubbing alcohol