A scratched mirror can be a big problem. You may not even notice the scratches until you go to use it and then all of a sudden, there are a bunch of annoying spots in your reflection! This article will teach you how to fix a scratched mirror, so read on for more information.
What You’ll Need to Fix a Scratched Mirror:
- Olive oil (or any other type of vegetable-based cooking oil)
- Soft cloths or cotton balls
- Towel or paper towel
How to Fix a Scratched Mirror: (Step by Step Guide)
The first thing you will need to do is find an oil that’s appropriate for the surface of your mirror. You’ll want something like olive oil or a type of vegetable-based cooking oil so as not to harm the finish of your glass.
Next, using either a soft cloth or cotton balls and some towels or paper towels if necessary (to prevent any spills), apply just enough pressure with the oils onto those areas where there are scratches to fill them up again.
The more gentle you are when doing this – i.e., don’t rub too hard – the better off it will be for both how easy it was for you to fix it and how long-lasting your fix should last!
Once all scratched areas have been covered, just let it sit in a dry place for about an hour, then wipe off the oils using either your cloth or cotton balls and some towels or paper towels again. You can also use a hairdryer to speed up drying time if you’re short on free hours!
The next steps are optional but recommended: first, find any other scratches that may have been too small before but now appear larger after applying the oil; second, apply another coat of oil over the top as necessary.
Do this two-three times until all areas that need treatment have had at least one application of oil applied with no spaces left uncovered – while being careful not to go overboard so that the glass’s finish is compromised by too much moisture from the oils.
The final step is to clean the mirror with glass cleaner and then wipe down any fingerprints or oils from your hands before they dry. This will help keep it looking as good as possible for a long time!
By following these steps, you’ll be able to have a beautifully shiny surface in no time at all that won’t require any extra scrubbing or special products – just oil, some elbow grease, and patience!
If you want more of my tips on how to fix household items without even having to buy anything (or too much), please head over here, where I cover other common problems around the house. For now, though, let’s get back into fixing those mirrors!
Precautions to Fix a Scratched Mirror
- Avoid using any metal in the process, as it will scratch the surface more.
- Avoid using any ammonia. This will react with the metal and make it worse!
- A soft cloth is best for this process, as you’ll be rubbing in the oil. It’s always better to start off gentle than risk scratching your surface more by scrubbing too hard or using a rough material like steel wool.
Once you’ve cleaned the mirror, test it out by using a wet paper towel to wipe over the surface. If there are any areas that still scratch easily or appear cloudy after wiping, repeat the process until they no longer produce an undesirable result when wiped with water.
Finally, use some dish soap and hot water to clean off any residue on your hands before washing them thoroughly in warm water and drying them off completely. You should now have a clear glass surface that will provide years of good service if properly maintained!
After reading this blog post, you should know how to fix a scratched mirror by following these five steps