Simple tips for glass care

Some small simple tips for cleaning and protecting your windows, frames or mirrors.

Window sills are more of a maintenance job than frames, particularly interior frames. As well as cleaning them regularly with soapy water (use lots of elbow grease, a nylon scrubbing brush, and buff them dry with a soft cloth), you should also be checking for rot, which will need to be chopped out and replaced, crumbling putty, which will also need replacing, and flaking paint.

With proper care and maintenance, your mirrors will retain a beautiful shine for years to come. Below are a few tips for care and cleaning of your new mirrors.

The best & safest cleaner for a mirror is clean warm water used with a soft clean rag or paper towel when cleaning. Be careful not to allow the edges of the mirror to get or remain wet over a period of time.

Always use soft-grit free cloths when cleaning a mirror to reduce chances of scratching the surface. Remove any surface marks or stubborn dirt with 0000 oil-free steel wool, not solvents. These could attach & damage the edges & backing.

Good ventilation will keep mirrors from ”sweating” and creating condensing liquids that can be corrosive and damaging to mirrors. Prolonged exposure to moisture, corrosive chemicals, solvents, solvent vapors, and cleaning fluids will cause edge deterioration and silver spoilage.

  • Do Not Use dirty or gritty rags, knives, scrapers, emery cloth or other abrasive materials for cleaning.
  • Do Not Use any acid or alkali cleaners for mirror cleanup after installation.
  • Never spray any cleaner directly on to a mirror. Instead apply the cleaner to a soft cloth & then wipe the mirror.
  • Do not store or place other material in contact with the glass. This can damage the glass or create a heat trap leading to thermal breakage.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners on glass. Scouring pads or other harsh materials must not be used to clean windows or other glass products. Powder based cleaners are to be avoided.
  • Avoid causing extreme temperature changes as this may lead to thermal fracture of the glass, ie. Do not splash hot water on cold glass or freezing water on hot glass.
  • Some tapes or adhesives can stain or damage glass surfaces. Avoid using such materials unless they are known to be easily removed.

If a glass is damaged or broken ensure that experienced glaziers are engaged to rectify the situation. Glass can be a safety hazard if not handled properly.