There is nothing quite like a well-placed mirror to bring light, depth and lustre to a room. When the space involved is relatively small, such as a bathroom, mirrors make the room look bigger than it is, so when you find the right one, you will want to keep it in pristine condition once it has been installed.
Scratches and Cracks – From Tiny to Large
The most common type of damage to mirrors are scratches and cracks, which can range from tiny marks that can only be seen when the light is right, to large cracks that are dangerous and can cause injury. These large cracks usually occur through some unusual incident like being struck by a solid object; while regrettable the only solution is to replace the mirror.
Be Careful with Cleaning Practices
Light scratches are most often caused by incorrect cleaning practices. Abrasive cleaners, scouring pads and powder-based cleaners should not be used on mirrors or any glass. Only use cleaning products that are stated to be suitable for mirrors, or simply apply a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water using a damp cloth. Always ensure that any cleaning cloths used are free of abrasives. Follow up with a lint-free cloth to polish the surface dry.
Here at Budget Shower Screens we supply and install a range of bathroom mirrors to suit all tastes and decorating styles. Our frameless mirrors offer a contemporary look with smooth clean lines, while our framed and semi-framed styles are affordable options.
How to Check if DIY Will Work
If you find light scratches on your bathroom mirror while cleaning, there are a couple of things you can try to repair the damage. First, check to see if you can feel the scratch with your fingernail. If so, do-it-yourself methods will not work, and you will need a professional repair.
Toothpaste? Who Knew?
If not, try applying a small amount of ordinary toothpaste to the scratch. Bearing in mind that abrasive cleaners could have caused the problem in the first place, now you are using the abrasives in toothpaste to polish out the scratch. Gently rub, checking continuously until the scratch has gone.
Clear Nail Polish is Worth a Try
Another simple solution is clear nail polish, especially if the scratch is a little deeper. Brush a layer of polish into the scratch, wipe clean and check if it is less noticeable. If you can still see it, apply another layer.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the only solution will be to replace the mirror. We are always available to provide a no obligation free quote on any of the mirror sizes and styles in our range.