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Glass & Mirror Furniture Care Guide

Glass and mirrored furniture (including mirrors themselves) can add a certain style to a room, whether it’s a sophisticated edge or a bubbly element, but there’s always a risk of it being damaged fairly easily. Cleaning either glass or mirrored furniture is relatively easy though, so there are benefits where others may see nothing but faults.

There are plenty of glamorous glass and mirrored pieces of furniture here at Happy Beds and we know you’d want to keep them looking their best. Regardless of what purpose or atmosphere you’re trying to achieve with glass or mirrored furniture you’re going to want to take care of it, which is exactly what the following guide will help you with.

Your Happy Beds Glass and Mirror furniture care guide overview:

[Video] Tips for taking care of your Glass and Mirrored furniture with Happy Beds

Avoid

  • Avoid dragging items across Glass and Mirrored furniture as this can scrape, scratch or damage the materials.
  • Take care when cleaning or handling corners of Glass and Mirrored furniture as these can be quite sharp, especially if damaged.
  • Remember to check the glass or mirror material in the light at different angles to make sure there are no smudges.

How do you clean Glass and Mirrored furniture?

Begin the cleaning process by dusting the Glass and Mirrored furniture with a dry, soft microfibre cloth, removing the dust that would normally accumulate on the cloth whilst cleaning. Be sure not to use a duster with too coarse or brittle bristles, as this could causes scratches.

Using this same cloth you can thoroughly clean your Glass and Mirrored furniture. You can either use commercially sold glass cleaner, or alternatively you can create your own cleaner by mixing traces of vinegar and dish soap with warm water. The ratios should roughly be 1:1:10 respectively for these materials.

Once you’re satisfied that you’ve cleaned the entire surface of the Glass and Mirrored furniture shine a light on it from different angles to ensure that you haven’t left any smudges.

Preventative measures serve as both easy ways to quickly clean your Glass and Mirrored furniture as well as a means of preparing the materials for an extensive clean. Regularly dusting can maintain a good gleam while simultaneously removing the dust.
If your Glass and Mirrored furniture features alternative materials, such as a wooden or metal frame, be sure to avoid getting your cleaner on these sections, as it may not be optimal for the non-Glass and Mirror material, which can lead to damaging them. Also, avoid relying on newspaper as a replacement to soft microfibre cloths, as despite popular opinion they’re not as efficient.

What can I do to keep my Glass and Mirrored furniture looking new?

Simple, preventative measures such as using drink coasters, cleaning up any spills immediately and frequently dusting should maintain a ‘good as new’ gleam.

Furniture that is usually adorned with items, such as console, side or coffee tables, can greatly benefit from subtle rubber pads being added to the bases of objects like sculptures, vases and ornaments. These will keep them in place, removing the risk of them sliding and scratching the surface.

Alternative furniture that fit into this category, such as dining tables, can benefit from changing what’s placed on them. By this I mean keeping felt or cork-bottomed coasters and placemats on them before placing any crockery on top of the table. There’s also the option of topping it with a table runner, which can double up as a stylish addition as well as a means of preventing damage.

?: Basic cleaning and safety precautions are easy ways to keep your Glass and Mirrored furniture looking its best for longer.
Basic cleaning and safety precautions are easy ways to keep your Glass and Mirrored furniture looking its best for longer.
Relatively clear-cut things to keep in mind when dealing with Glass and Mirrored furniture include not throwing items (even small ones like keys) onto them, not resting feet on them and, if possible, keeping them away from high traffic areas (areas where people frequently move through or are likely to come into contact with) of the house.

Tantalising Trivia:

  • Johannes Gutenburg, the man who invented the printing press, was previously a metallurgist; someone who makes and sells mirrors.

How do you get film off of Glass and Mirror?

Swab the afflicted area with a soft microfibre cloth adorned with trace amounts of nail polish remover and then gently scrub with another soft microfibre cloth that’s been dampened with a mild detergent.

Film, caused by the build-up of calcium and magnesium ions often found in hard water, is usually a problem that affects glasses, though this same issue can plague Glass and Mirrored furniture. These simple steps can quickly remove the film.
Try to avoid using large quantities of nail polish remover or strong detergent as these can damage the materials.

How do you keep dust off of Glass and Mirror?

Create a cleaning solution with a mixture of one part liquid fabric softener to four parts water. Store in a squirt bottle or lightly apply the solution to a soft microfibre cloth and wipe the Glass and Mirrored furniture. Once this has been achieved, give it a once over with a dry cloth.

These measures can prevent the need to frequently dust. You will still need to dust your Glass and Mirrored furniture every now and then, but not as much as usual.
Try to avoid using too much of the solution, or applying it too heavily to the Glass and Mirrored furniture, as it can be tougher to polish with a dry cloth.

How do you remove light scratches from Glass and Mirrored furniture?

Scratches are the bane of all glass and mirrored furniture and can be separated into two categories; light and deep. Cosmetic scratches are ‘light’, whereas those you can feel when running your finger across them are ‘deep’. Of course, scratches beyond ‘deep’ are essentially impossible to remove or fix, even for professionals.

Light scratches aren’t deep enough to cause a serious problem, though it’s always good to remove them. This can be done so with a simple home remedy; all you’ll need is a soft microfibre cloth and a non-gel toothpaste. Baking soda works wonders for these scratches too, so if you have toothpaste with baking soda in it then that’s even better.

First dampen the cloth, only mildly, with cold water and apply a small dollop of toothpaste to it. Next, in small circular motions, rub the toothpaste adorned cloth on the afflicted area for roughly a minute. If the entire surface could do with a clean then you can change the small circular motions to wide circular motions and spend roughly half a minute on each area; as long as each section receives that minimum amount of time on it.

Once this has been achieved retrieve another damp cloth, one not finished with toothpaste, and wipe the toothpaste remnants off of the surface. After removing all traces of toothpaste dry the damp area with a dry cloth. This should remove the light scratches, though you can always repeat these steps if necessary. If they aren’t removed then proceed to treat them as deep scratches.

These minor, cosmetic scratches can be an eyesore, especially when they accumulate across an entire surface. Removing them from your Glass and Mirrored furniture can keep it looking at its best for longer.
Unless this solution doesn’t remedy your problem, avoid using the process for removing deep scratches as a catch-all solution.

Tantalising Trivia:

  • Medieval pilgrims used to believe that mirrors were magical and carried folding metal mirrors from shrines to their homes. They would open the mirror in the shrine and then keep it closed until they got home, believing they could ‘release’ the image into the house.

How do you remove deep scratches from Glass and Mirrored furniture?

Deep scratches do not refer to issues like cracks, as these are usually impossible to fix and are only able to be replaced. Deep scratches refer to those that can be felt when running a finger across the surface, though any that are large enough to risk inflicting a cut or are too blatant to ignore should be seen to by professionals.

Any scratches that can just be felt should be treated as deep scratches. These will require substantially more effort in terms of physical input, so you should prepare to be heavily buffing for a while or obtain a polishing pad attachment for a household drill.

The actual solution to these scratches is paste wax furniture polish, which can be lightly applied to the afflicted area. A thin layer across these scratches, not too thin that it’s barely on there but not so thick that it leaves a noticeable rise in the surface level, should be applied. If it reflects light then it should be good to leave to dry.

Once it has dried you can go at it with the buffing (whether it’s with a healthy amount of elbow grease or the aforementioned polishing pad attachment), though not before applying some cerium oxide. This can be found online in a variety of forms, though be sure to check the product description and/or any reviews to see how effective it is.

Keep checking during the buffing process to see if the issue has been resolved. If it hasn’t disappeared, try the whole process one more time, and if that hasn’t worked then your last DIY effort will have to be purchasing the kind of scratch repair kit used for repairing car windscreens.

If even these fail to work then it’ll either be time to call the professionals or replace the Glass and Mirror altogether.

Much like light scratches, deep scratches can be quite the eyesore, though these scratches can also be a health risk. If left unchecked they can become large enough to inflict cuts or even crack and smash.
Avoid trying to use the process for dealing light scratches, as it won’t be enough to deal with deep scratches.
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