How do you clean a mirror without leaving streaks?

How do you clean a mirror without leaving streaks?
How do you clean a mirror without leaving streaks?

How do you clean a mirror without leaving streaks?

Cleaning a mirror is one of those things that seems simple, but can actually be quite tricky. The last thing you want to do is leave streaks behind or worse, damage your mirror completely. So here are the steps I take when cleaning a mirror:

Remove all the dust from the mirror first.

The first step of cleaning any mirror is to remove all the dust from it. This is best done with a duster or vacuum cleaner, which can get into all of the nooks and crannies that you might miss with just a cloth. Once you’ve gotten rid of as much dust as possible, you should use a microfibre cloth (like this one) to clean away any remaining particles. Don’t use paper towels! They will leave behind lint and other things that make it harder for your next step: removing streaks from your glass surfaces.

Don’t use abrasive cleaners either! These may seem like an easy way to clean off smudges on your glass, but they actually dull its surface over time by both scratching away at its protective coating and wearing down the actual layer underneath where all those beautiful reflections come from in the first place!

Use a glass cleaner like Windex or vinegar

  • Windex or vinegar – A glass cleaner is probably your best bet for a streak-free mirror. The same goes for vinegar, although it may not be as effective as a dedicated product.
  • Newspaper – You can also use newspaper to clean mirrors and windows. Simply blot the surface of the mirror with a sheet of paper, then lift it off and repeat until no streaks remain on your reflective surface.
  • Microfibre cloths – These soft cloths are usually made from synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon, perfect options for cleaning mirrors because they won’t leave behind any lint or static electricity that could attract dust to your glass surface over time. They’re also very affordable when compared with other types of cloths!

Wipe the solution over the mirror using either newspaper or microfibre cloths.

When you wipe the solution over the mirror, use either newspapers or microfibre cloths. Newspaper is a good choice for this because it tends to be thinner and more absorbent than paper towels, and so you can use fewer sheets as you clean.

Microfibre cloths are another option that’s becoming increasingly popular with people who want to save money on paper products. They’re made from synthetic materials that are often softer than other cleaning cloths and will leave your mirrors streak-free without sacrificing absorbency.

Whatever product you choose, make sure to follow these basic rules: don’t use paper towels (they tend to leave behind residue), don’t use sponges (they have an uneven surface), and don’t reuse any other kind of  cleaning cloth in your house (you don’t want any contaminants).

Never use paper towels

Never use paper towels. These are not absorbent, leave lint behind and can scratch glass surfaces. Instead, opt for a microfibre cloth.

A microfibre cloth will remove water in an effective manner without leaving streaks on your mirror. Microfibre cloths are made from synthetic materials that have finer strands than traditional cotton or linen material used to make dish towels and clothes. The little threads woven into each strand allow them to soak up more liquid than other fabrics of similar size and weight, making it perfect for cleaning mirrors without leaving streaks behind!

These steps will clean your mirror without leaving streaks.

  • Use paper towels to remove the dust. This will get rid of most of the big pieces, but don’t worry if you still see some spots.
  • Use a glass cleaner, like vinegar or Windex, and wipe it with a microfibre cloth or newspaper to clean the mirror completely without leaving streaks behind.
  • Use another soft cloth or newspaper to dry the mirror after cleaning it with water and soap (if needed). Never use paper towels for this; they leave lint behind!


Now that you’ve learned how to clean your mirror without leaving streaks, it’s time to get started! Remember, the key is patience and using the right tools for the job. If these steps still leave you with some streaks, then it might be time for a new mirror. But don’t worry – we’ve got plenty more great tips on how to remove stubborn stains from other surfaces too!