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Medicine cabinet - best way to avoid mirror wear

Posted by linelle (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 12, 14 at 12:36

I'm finally interviewing contractors for my hall bath remodel so it's getting real. Unless something else changes my mind, I'm planning to have a (new) horizontally placed mirror over the vanity, thinking about 30x40 and a recessed medicine cabinet on the adjacent side wall, doesn't have to be huge, +/- 26x16 (what I have in my other bathroom). The one I have is a Broan with a beveled edge. It's 9 years old and the mirror finish has worn away everywhere I touch it to open it, corner, bottom, halfway up the sides. Do I need a framed mirror to avoid that? I don't want a big frame. I suppose how the mirror over the vanity is finished will influence how the medicine cabinet is finished? Or does it matter?

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RE: Medicine cabinet - best way to avoid mirror wear

I think a lot of the wear comes from water. In my old bathroom I had some wear around the edges. In the main bathroom, primarily used by DD there is almost no wear. She cleans that bathroom and I can almost guarantee that the most she does to the mirror is dust it, not wash it. I wash mine every week. Maybe that's why more wear on mine.

RE: Medicine cabinet - best way to avoid mirror wear

I clean my medicine cabinet mirror with Windex when it needs it, not even close to once a week. :) The wear isn't on the surface, just along the edge where I touch it to open it. I don't manhandle things, so this is clearly gradual erosion of the edge. I had wanted a simple beveled edge, but thinking a very narrow frame might be in order.

RE: Medicine cabinet - best way to avoid mirror wear

Mine is wall mounted so I don't even touch it with my fingers and there is wear around the edges. But I know you're correct that just the natural oils from your skin can wear it away over time.

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