Monday, August 15, 2022

How to Maintain Your Mirrors

Mirrors Ann Arbor

Moisture is the primary cause of mirror failure. The moisture in the surrounding air causes the silvering on the back of the mirror to degrade which leads to black spots. These spots typically begin along the edges of the mirror and will continue to grow and spread. The best way to prevent this damage from occurring is to keep mirrors in locations with low humidity. That is a tough task considering that most people use mirrors in their bathrooms which often get steamy from hot showers and baths. Here are some simple tips on how to reduce the risk of damage: 

  1. Use your exhaust fan when taking a shower and keep it running for several minutes after your shower is done. This helps to evacuate the moisture from the bathroom and minimize the risk of condensation on the mirror. 
  2. Keep bathroom supplies (e.g. lotion bottles, soap, etc) away from the edge of the mirror. These containers can trap water up against the mirror.
  3. Avoid leaving standing water on a countertop or backsplash. If the mirror is resting directly on the countertop or the backsplash, this standing water will degrade the silvering. 

At Wolverine Glass, we apply a special sealant along all of the edges of the custom mirrors we produce to help protect against moisture.  We often are asked to take a mirror and cut the moisture damaged edges off so the customer can continue to use the mirror. This can work to keep a mirror in use for many years to come; however, it could also just be a temporary solution as the rest of the mirror has had similar exposure to moisture and may only be a matter of time until the rest of the mirror begins to show the same problems.  


Get Started on a New Custom Mirror in Ann Arbor Today!

Whether you have a standard project, want a one-of-a-kind design for your shower door, mirror, or tabletop, or if you’re looking for a stand-out custom or commercial design, we can help. With over 30 years of experience, Wolverine Glass is a reliable source for custom mirrors in Ann Arbor. Stop by our showroom in Dexter or contact us here to discuss your glass needs or to arrange for a free consultation.

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