Care of Newly Installed Mirror
After your mirror has been installed do not clean, manipulate, or apply pressure to the mirror surface for 7 days (or a minimum of 72 hours). This will allow the mirror mastic to cure completely, maintaining the true reflection. Any manipulation or pressure applied to the mirror before the mirror mastic has cured will cause a distortion in the mirror reflection.
Maintenance and Cleaning of Mirror
Most people are unaware of how to properly care for and clean their mirrors, whether it be in their business or their home. Many cleaning products make claims to be the best for mirrors. The truth is the care and cleaning of mirrors is simple and inexpensive. Care should always be taken to avoid getting the edges of the mirror wet with any liquid or substance. This can result in damage to the mirror edges, commonly called “black edge” which most commonly appears as rust behind the mirror edges. Should mirror edges become wet, they should be dried immediately.
- NEVER use commercial glass or mirror cleaners that contain ammonia or vinegar.
- The very best and safest cleaner for mirror is clean, warm water used with a soft, lint-free cloth. Wring all water from the cloth before wiping the mirror. Dry the mirror immediately with a dry lint-free cloth.
- When the use of cleaner is necessary, Sprayway, ammonia-free, foam, glass cleaner is recommended.
- Don’t spray cleaners directly on the mirror. Always apply cleaner directly to a soft, lint-free cloth and then wipe the mirror. This will help prevent the cleaner from contacting the edges of the mirror and damaging them.
- Don’t clean across the face of multiple mirrors at the same time. When cleaning several mirrors installed in a series, wipe the joints in the same direction as the joints. This will keep the cleaner from collecting in the area where the mirrors join and in the bottom of the mirror track.
- Do use soft, lint and grit free cloths to clean mirror. This reduces the chances of scratching the mirror surface.
- Don’t use acidic or alkali cleaners for mirror cleanup. Either substance can attack the front surface and edges as well as the backing of the mirror. No abrasive cleaners should ever be used on any mirror surface.
- Do use 0000 oil-free steel wool, not solvents, to remove surface marks or stubborn dirt. Use of solvents can attack and damage the edges and backing of mirrors.
Failure to properly clean mirrors can result in damage to the mirrored surface and deterioration of the optical quality of the mirror reflectance.