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Mirror Basics

Mirrors can dramatically enhance the beauty of virtually any room in your home.  They amplify light, enhance the decor and can even double the perceived size of a room.  They can be used as small, decorative accents or large architectural ornaments.  They can emphasize focal points, add drama and liveliness to room.



There are an endless array of shapes that mirrors come in.  Just take a look at all the shapes and designs we offer at YONART Artistic Mirrors.  Some of the standard shapes are Architectural (rectangular mirror with curved top), Octagonal, Oval, Rectangular, Round and Square.  The shape and design of the mirror you choose should fit the dimensions of the room, the style of the furnishings and your own personal tastes. 



Mirror comes in many different colors (clear, gold, bronze, gray, black, etc.).  The glass is actually tinted and the silvered backing gives it the reflective properties of mirror.  YONART Artistic Mirrors goes beyond the standard colors by using etching, sandblasting and air brushing techniques in our designs.



Proper installation of any mirror (wall to wall or decorative hanging) is critical to the final appearance and safety.  Follow these guidelines when installing mirrors:

  • Layout the location prior to installing.

  • Never install mirrors on new plaster, new masonry or freshly painted walls.

  • Use gloves when handling mirrors for safety and to prevent damage to the face or backing from salts and chemicals on hands.

  • Never install mirrors outdoors unless the mirror is engineered specifically for protection of the silvered backing.

  • Set mirrors slightly off the wall with sufficient air space to provide for ventilation of backing.

  • If using mastic to mount directly to wall, use mechanical fasteners with mastic and be sure mastic is compatible with mirror and wall material.

  • Never allow mirror edges to be subjected to water "puddling" as it will attack the mirror backing and cause "black edge".

  • When hanging decorative wall mirrors, use only proper wall anchors with sufficient strength to hold weight of mirror.  It is always safer to mount in wall studs or concrete than in drywall.  If mounting in drywall, always use anchors with maximum pullout strength.

  • Do not allow sharp objects (nails, screws, screwdrivers, etc.) to touch the back of the mirror.  If mirror backing is scratched, it will show through to front of mirror.

Receiving and Storing Mirrors

Mirrors are glass and are extremely fragile.  Always keep handling of mirrors to a minimum.  Follow these precautions:

  • Always check your delivery immediately upon receipt for damage and keep all packaging materials intact.

  • Unpack mirrors and store vertically, DO NOT LAY FLAT!

  • Protect mirrors from obstructions and falling objects until installed.

Care and Cleaning of Mirrors

Proper care and cleaning of mirrors is both simple and inexpensive. 

  • The best and safest cleaner is warm water and a soft lint-free cloth. 

  • Always avoid getting the edges or backs of mirrors wet.  If this occurs, dry off immediately.

  • Never use harsh chemical cleaners, acids, alkalis or abrasives.

  • You can use many of the quality commercial mirror cleaners as long as they do not contain ammonia or vinegar.

  • Never spray or apply cleaners directly to the mirror surface, apply to soft, lint-free cloth and then wipe the mirror surface.

  • Be sure no cleaners come in contact with edges or backing


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Last modified: August 04, 2007