A Step-by-Step Guide to Mirror Cleaning: Without Leaving Streaks

9 May 2023
Est. Reading: 4 minutes
What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Protective gloves
A bucket of Water
2 – 3ml Dish washing liquid
3 x Microfibre Cloths


Mirrors play a vital role in our daily lives, but let's face it - cleaning them can be a real hassle. If you've ever struggled with streaks and smudges after attempting to clean a mirror, you're not alone. There is a simple solution. In fact, cleaning mirrors is easier than you might think, and we're here to show you how.

Our approach involves using a dry towel to tackle heavy residues, followed by a damp towel with soap and water. Finally, a dry towel is used to buff your mirror to a sparkling finish. Say goodbye to frustrating mirror cleaning experiences, read on to find out how!

You can use this method for mirrors, glass, and table tops!

Step-By-Step Instructions

Five steps to clean a mirror the right way.

Step One: Dry Method Clean
Start off by using the first dry microfibre towel to remove heavier residues from a mirror. Fold the towel in quarters and then half again. In essence, you are folding the cloth into 16 cleaning sides.

Wipe across the mirror to remove the heavier residues from the mirror. This method allows the cloth to remove the dirt from the mirror and transfer it into the towel, instead of spreading it around when you clean it. Change over to a clean section when necessary.

Repeat the process with a clean side of your towel, starting at the top and dry wiping down the length of the mirror.

Step Two: Mix the Cleaning Solutions
Add a small amount (half a teaspoon) of dish soap to the bucket of water (three to four litres / 1.3 US Gals.) and stir gently until it's evenly distributed. Avoid using too much dish soap, as it can leave behind residues that are difficult to remove. The dish soap adds a bit of surfactant to the water, which helps to break down and remove any hardened dirt or grime on the mirror's surface.

Step Three: Wet Clean The Mirror (Pass One)
Grab your second microfibre towel and fold into quarters. You need a wider cleaning surface for this step. Dunk the second microfibre towel into the soapy water and wring it out thoroughly.

Start cleaning the mirror in an S-pattern, sometimes called 'the figure of eight' method. Work from top to bottom, making sure to wipe down the entire surface.

Halfway down the mirror, flip over to a clean side of the cloth and continue wiping down the mirror.

Step Four: Wet Clean The Mirror (Pass Two)
Fold the cloth over so that you have two fresh clean sides. Starting at the top of the mirror and work down in an S-pattern.

Halfway down the mirror, flip over to a clean side of the cloth and continue wiping down the mirror.

Step Five: Buff the Mirror
Once you've finished wet cleaning the mirror, use a dry microfiber towel to buff your mirror. This will prevent water spots and streaks from forming on the mirror.

Use the third microfibre cloth and fold it into four sides. Buff the mirror starting at the top and working your way down. Remember to change to a clean side when required. You should now have a clean streak free glass surface.

Tips to Get the Best Out of Your Microfibre Cloth

Using a microfiber cloth correctly can greatly enhance its effectiveness in cleaning various surfaces. This will create multiple sides to use when cleaning.

Most people make the mistake of just bunching up the microfibre towel and wiping down the surface. This is guaranteed to leave streaks on the surface. The towel is designed to remove the dirt from surfaces and not get it onto the cloth and spread it around.

  • Folding it correctly: Folding a microfiber cloth gives you multiple sides to work with, allowing you to use a clean portion of the cloth as you go along. This helps prevent cross-contamination and ensures that you're using a clean surface for each cleaning task.
  • Use it dry for dusting: Microfiber cloths are excellent for dry dusting as they can effectively trap dust and allergens. Simply wipe the cloth gently over the surface you want to dust, and the microfiber will attract and hold on to the dust particles.
  • Dampen it for cleaning: For tougher cleaning tasks, dampen the microfiber cloth with water or a cleaning solution. Avoid using excessive moisture, as microfiber cloths are designed to work best when slightly damp. Wring out the cloth before using it to clean surfaces such as countertops, glass, or stainless steel.

By following these tips, you can make the most out of your microfiber towels and achieve effective cleaning results.

Top Tip...!
We always recommend good quality microfibre cleaning cloth. All microfibres are not the same, try our microfibre cloths and feel the difference! See Heavy duty general purpose microfibre cloth, 300gsm and 40cm x 40cm (15.7" x 15.7").


Cleaning mirrors without leaving streaks is not as daunting as it may seem. By following our step-by-step guide and using simple tools such as microfiber cloths and a mild soap solution, you can achieve sparkling, streak-free mirrors in no time. Remember to start with a dry towel to remove heavy residues, followed by a damp towel with soap and water for a thorough clean, and finish with a dry microfiber cloth to buff the mirror to perfection.

By incorporating these tips into your mirror cleaning routine, you can say goodbye to frustrating streaks and smudges.

You may also be interested in learning "How to Use a Microfibre Towel to Maximise Cleaning Power."

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