The 5 Mirror Care Best Practices You Should Be Doing

If you’ve ever visited an antique store, you already know that time often isn’t kind to mirrors. From scratches to discolored edges — called desilvering — mirrors can easily show their age if not well cared for. Luckily, with a few intentional best practices, you can keep your mirrors looking as good as new for many, many years to come.

Here’s a round up of our best advice for extending the longevity of your mirror:

1. Choose your cleaner wisely
Certain cleaners can be harmful to your mirror and are best avoided. Particularly abrasive cleaners can even damage the surface and edges of your mirror. Steer clear of acidic or alkali cleaners and avoid using any cleaner that contains a heavy ammonia base. For alternatives, check out this list of natural cleaners or, for a budget-friendly option, consider making your own.

2. Keep the edges of your mirror dry
Desilvering is caused by moisture getting trapped under the edges of your mirror, which can damage the protective coating and cause black spots or discoloring. While this is an increased risk for mirrors located in bathrooms due to increased moisture from steam, ensuring that the joints and edges of your mirror stay dry can help minimize long-term moisture effects.

3. Avoid spraying cleaner directly on the mirror
Similarly, it’s important to avoid getting an excess of cleaner on your mirror since it can easily drain to those edges. To safeguard against this problem, spray your cleaner onto a cloth instead of directly on the glass.

4. Use soft cleaning clothes, ideally microfiber
While microfiber will help minimize streaking, it’s most important to ensure you use a soft cloth that doesn’t have the potential to scratch your mirror’s surface. Textured or “scrubbing” cleaning clothes are too abrasive for the vulnerable glass surface of a mirror.

5. Protect the edges with a frame
In addition to giving your mirror a more polished look, adding a frame can also help secure the edges. Plus, as a bonus, if your mirror already has mild desilvering damage, a frame can help cover it up.

These five simple tips are easily integrated into your mirror care routine, but can make a big difference in the life of your mirror. You’ll thank us in a few years when your mirror looks good as new.

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4 Tips for Hanging a Gallery Wall

Love the look of a gallery wall, but intimidated by the process? You aren’t alone.

Figuring out the right pieces to include and the ideal spacing is one thing, but actually hanging your gallery wall can seem downright impossible if you’re never attempted it before. Before you put too many holes in the wall and end up with a spackling nightmare, read through our list of top tips to simplify the process.

Plan ahead
While gallery walls can be expanded as you acquire new pieces, your best bet is to wait to hang anything until you have a significant collection. That way, you can lay out the pieces on the floor to organize (and reorganize) the format before hanging to see how it all works together. For instance, larger pieces tend to work best toward the middle of your arrangement and smaller pieces are great for filling in gaps.

Create intrigue
Photographs are great, but your gallery wall doesn’t have to be all images. In fact, using other options — artwork, small sculptures, mirrors, etc. — can help create visual intrigue. Plus, using pieces that are differently shaped (as opposed to all squares and rectangles) can help give your gallery wall a more natural and less formulaic feel.

Make templates
Trace each item you plan to hang onto wrapping paper, then tape your templates to the wall to see how the varying sizes and shapes work together. This will also help you better visualize spacing and move pieces around — without doing any unnecessary damage to your walls.

Make hanging marks on your templates
Another useful template tip: mark where the hanging mechanism is for each piece with an “X” so you’ll know exactly where to put each nail without complicated measurements. That way, you can actually put the nails into the wall through the paper of the template, then simply tear it away to hang the piece — saving you time, process and headaches.

With these tips, you can make your dream of a gallery wall come true without risking a drywall disaster. Happy hanging!

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