Tips Of The Trade

What happens if I need my mirror really quickly?

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Just email us at info@mirrorsandmore.co.za and we will do our best to help you get your mirror in the time frame that you require. This may incur an extra delivery cost.

pastedGraphic.png How should I hang my mirror?

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The majority of the mirrors will hang either way. The mirrors are supplied fitted with appropriate hooks. DO NOT attempt to chain/wire/string between the fitted hooks. The fitted hooks must be hung safely, each hook onto its own secure wall fixing. IF IN ANY DOUBT, please seek the help of a suitable professional.

At least two people are recommended to install the mirror.

Hold the mirror against the wall in the desired position. Mark on the wall where you need to drill the holes, in level with the hooks on the back of the mirror.

Drill a hole and insert the appropriate rawlplug. Insert a screw and tighten, leaving the screw head exposed by about 1/4 inch(6mm).

Now use the spirit level and make sure the other mark on the wall is level with the hole you have drilled.

Repeat step 3.

Lift the mirror into position ensuring that the fitted hooks on the back of the mirror are firmly hooked over the screw heads.

pastedGraphic.png What equipment will I need?

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Pencil

Spirit Level

Rawlplugs

Screws

Drill and appropriate drill bit

pastedGraphic.png How should I clean a mirror?

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Combine some white or distilled vinegar with warm water.

Use crumpled newspaper in a usable size.

Clean the mirror first to remove any heavy dirt or marks. Use plain water to do the pre-cleaning. Use a cloth with a tight weave, which is more soft and non-abrasive.

Dip the newspaper into the vinegar after the pre-cleaning is finished. Rub the newspaper in slow circles across the mirror. Cover the entire surface of the mirror.

Once you are satisfied the mirror is as clean as it can be, use the newspaper to dry the glass. Newspaper polishes the glass and gives it a sheen (make sure to use newsprint that does not run). If using paper towel instead of newspaper, use a clean sheet regularly. This ensures that no residue will remain.

pastedGraphic.png How do I clean the decorative frame around my mirror?

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To reach the dirt that is lodged in the creases and corners of intricate frames, use a moistened q-tip. This is probably the hardest and most time-consuming part of cleaning a decorative mirror. Compressed air can also be used to remove some of the build up in grooves; just take care not to hold it too close to the frame or glass itself.

pastedGraphic.png What is Shabby Chic?

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Shabby Chic is a form of interior design, where furniture or furnishings are chosen for their age and signs of wear and tear. New items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.

The essence of shabby chic style is vintage and antique furniture painted white (or another soft pastel colour) and distressed at the corners by sanding.
The style started in Great Britain and evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses, where there are worn and faded old chintz sofas and curtains, old paintwork and unassuming “good” taste. The end result of shabby chic is to achieve an elegant overall effect.

Recycling old furniture and fabrics is an important aspect of the look and was especially popular with modern Bohemians and artisans that made up a sidelined counter-culture movement during the 1980’s when expensive quality decor became very popular with the upper middle classes. The original shabby chic interiors were usually considered in themselves works of art.

pastedGraphic.png What if the mirror I want is out of stock?

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You won’t be able to submit an order for an out-of-stock item. Please email us with your request, stating the Item Code. We will be in touch with you within 24 hours to recommend suitable alternatives or let you know when your preferred mirror will be back in stock.