Mirror Care and Installation

How to clean a mirror

 

Mirror is produced by coating a sheet of glass with a thin layer of silver or aluminium.

Cleaning your mirror

It is important when cleaning a mirror particularly when framed, to not expose this ultra thin metallic coating to chemicals that may corrode the mirror. Consideration should also be taken concerning the mirror's environmental exposure.

Here is some unofficial advice we have compiled from our own experience and recommendations from our suppliers and manufacturers.

Caring for your mirror

To clean this product, wipe the mirror surface with a cloth dampened in water then buff the mirror surface dry with a second lint-free cloth.  A good quality micro fibre cloth works well.


Do not spray any liquids directly onto the mirror surface. Do not use any liquid cleaners that contain corrosive chemicals such as ammonia, products like Windex, or acids such as vinegar.

Do not allow any liquids to come into contact with the frame. Lightly dust the frame as necessary with a soft cloth. Some frames are finished with a metallic foil and may be adversely affected by cleaning chemicals and/or harsh cleaning cloths.

High moisture / wet areas

Per our major mirror supplier advice "This product may be adversely effected by high humidity areas, including bathrooms and other wet areas."

"This product is not designed or warranted for wet area application nor commercial use."

If you are concerned about the suitability of a mirror for a particular application please call and discuss prior to placing an order.

 

Mirror installation

Mirror glass is typically 3, 4 or 6mm thick. Compared to picture framing glass (approx. 1.5mm) you can appreciate the weight of a large mirror is considerable. For this reason it is vital to competently install the mirror. Our best advice is to engage a competent professional mirror installer.

Some UNOFFICIAL recommendations follow-

Mirrors are sometimes provided with a hanging string particularly if smaller in size. Our advice is to ensure the mirror is hung over a minimum of 2 hanging points spread wide apart, this helps evenly distribute  the weight.

An option for heavier mirrors is to apply a "split batten" hanging system.

The best option is to find a professional mirror installer to hang your mirror or at least seek advise from a trusted tradie or hardware advisor.

 

Hanging your mirror-if Supplied with no string

Some of the mirrors are provided with hanging brackets but no string.

Our mirror manufacturer includes this advise for mirrors supplied without hanging string.

The D-rings (hanging brackets) attached to this product are for direct hanging only. Under no circumstances should cord or wire be tied between the D-rings. We would strongly advise contacting a professional picture hanger to install your mirror with the correct fixtures for your specific wall type.


Fixing points into the wall vary depending on the structure. A brick internal wall requires different hangers to a sheet plaster wall. We recommend consultation with a competent hardware outlet to ensure you have the correct fixtures.

 

Professional hanging service

We are happy to provide details of professional mirror/picture frame installers for work in the local Melbourne area.

The installers so recommended our private contractors and are not Print Decor subcontractors.