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How to Clean Antique Mirrors

Clean those greasy smudges and dusty streaks to get your reflection looking cute as a button again.


  • 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

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