Asked on Mar 08, 2015

Dull very old mirror

by Sharonlong627

I have a beautiful very old mirror, no matter what brand of glass cleaner I use, I can't get the white powder look out. How do I clean my mirror?

  5 answers
  • Monica Monica on Mar 08, 2015
    you can try using a warm vinegar and water mix and wipe with newspaper or a local jeweler may have jewelry rouge it's a heavy paste that you apply and take off with a cloth, but its time consuming. Some old antique mirrors appear to be dull but it could be the backing that gives the piece of glass its reflective. In other words in may need to be re-slivered.
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    • Sharonlong627 Sharonlong627 on Mar 09, 2015
      @D & K I have never heard of this but, worth a try. Thanks so much!
  • Lynnsbeyondthephoto Lynnsbeyondthephoto on Mar 08, 2015
    Hi: I purchased an old mirror recently and it has a "haze" I tried different things. One was using shaving cream. lol. What the heck... I'll try anything. Anyway, after cleaning with that and trying vinegar.... it is cleaner, but the "haze" is still there. I have read that you can have them professionally done to remove that.... but if you can still see in it, my thinking is that it is an old mirror, and the haze makes it look more authentic.
  • Joanie1051 Joanie1051 on Mar 08, 2015
    "Haze" and "whiteness" on old mirrors indicates the silvering is breaking down. You will need to get the mirror resilvered.
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    • Joanie1051 Joanie1051 on Mar 09, 2015
      @D & K Dennis - If there isn't anyone in Temple, you will have to check Waco, Killeen, maybe Austin for someone. Start Googling and see who you can find closest to you. It IS a dying art, for sure. Large furniture manufacturers likely have their own department for the mirrors for bedroom sets and such. Don't know if there is one of these in your area, but that might be worth a try, too.
  • Sue Sue on Mar 08, 2015
    Dawn dish detergent and a touch of ammonia may do he trick. My window washer uses Dawn to clean windows.
  • Janey Janey on Aug 31, 2020

    All of these methods devalue the mirror. It will be worth a lot less. Look better. Worth much less.