Mirror, mirror on the wall, how can I clean you best of all?

Looking in the mirror, only to find a streaky finish gazing lovingly back at you? Tired of trying to wipe smudges off your face only to realize it’s something on the mirror’s surface you just can’t get off? We’ve got your solution. Grab a clean, dry cloth and get your cleaning spirit ready for the following easy steps:

  1. Mix 1/3 cup clear ammonia in 1 gallon warm water. Apply with a sponge, or pour the solution into a spray container, and spray it directly on the mirror. Buff gently with your clean, dry, lint-free cloth, chamois, or paper towel. Vinegar is a great substitute for ammonia if you are concerned about children and/or pets getting into your cleaning supplies.
  2. Pour white vinegar into a bowl or pan, grab yesterday’s newspaper, crumple up a section or two, dip it into the vinegar, and apply to the mirror’s surface. Wipe the glass vigorously several times with the newspaper until the mirror is close to being dry. Finish up by shining the mirror with a clean, soft cloth or dry newspaper. This is a great natural solution that recycles old newspaper and won’t be dangerous for kids or pets. 
  3. Mix 2 cups isopropyl rubbing alcohol (70 percent solution) – you can pick this up at any drug store in the first aid section, 2 tbsps. liquid dishwashing detergent, and 2 cups water. Stir the solution until well-mixed, and pour into a spray bottle. Spray directly on the smudged mirror. Buff gently with a lint-free cloth, chamois, or paper towel.

Now take a look in the mirror and enjoy your streak-free view! Need more tips? We’re loving the TLC website for great how-tos and DIY tips. Check them out here: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home


Shower? Bath? Both?

Your bathroom should be a sanctuary for your beauty and wellness regimen – finding the perfect shower, bath, or combination of the two, is essential to this decorating puzzle. So which do you go with? The shower enclosure? The shower bath? First things first – do you enjoy showering exclusively, or do you enjoy the occasional soak in a nice warm tub after a hard day? With this in mind, begin to evaluate the space you have in your current bathroom to determine the most practical approach – those with a smaller space may want to go with the shower bath combo to save space and money, while those with more room to work with can consider the dramatic shower enclosure. 

Shower enclosures are the perfect option for bathing beauties who enjoy a more luxurious showering experience and want to make the most of a larger bathroom space. Shower enclosures tend to be a bit more expensive than a shower bath combo, but at A1 Metro Mirror and Glass we specialize in working with clients using any size budget and any amount of space. Our goal is to provide you with a bathroom bathing experience you will enjoy each day, whether you enjoy a morning shower, an evening shower, or both! 

Read more about making the best decorating decisions here: http://ezinearticles.com/?Choosing-Between-A-Shower-Bath-Or-A-Shower-Enclosure&id=6770960

Feng Shui and Mirrors

Feng Shui experts use mirror placement to alter the “energy” or chi of a space. Where you hang your mirrors can dramatically change the feel of your room, opening up the space and giving a more lively feel to the room’s atmosphere. Where do you have your mirrors hanging? Does it help open the space up, or do you feel like your room is cramped and closed-off? Where you place a mirror makes a difference – we’re loving this article that offers some tips on how to place your mirrors to add the water element to your space and transform the energy in your home. Check it out here: http://fengshui.about.com/od/fengshuicures/qt/mirror.htm

Decorating with Mirrors

Decorating with Mirrors


The use of mirrors in a home can dramatically change the space and flow of any room. The reason for this is, while you are consciously aware of the fact that there is a mirror, when you simply look into a room without acknowledging the mirror, the mirror reflects an open space, which dramatically increases the minds eye “size” of the room. This is such a simple and useful tactic to create the feeling of space in an otherwise cramped area.


A mirror’s frame can also help to accentuate other decorations, or even become a central piece in your room. Mirrors function not only as a means to fix yourself up in the morning, they can offer so much more.


Tell us about your experience hanging a beautiful mirror, or how a mirror helped your room to seem much larger than it actually was, we’d love to hear from you!


For more information on decorating with mirrors see: http://www.hgtv.com/accessories/10-tips-for-decorating-with-mirrors/pictures/index.html

Hanging a heavy…

Hanging a heavy Mirror

Have you ever wanted a large heavy mirror, but were afraid to hang it on your own? Well Now you can hang it with these tips from some great professionals!

1. Look for the mounting point and make it exact! If you are centering the mirror above a mantle, make sure it is in the exact center of the mantle. You can also simply find the exact center of the wall and mount it that way.

2. If you have a stud finder, make sure you mark the exact spot on the wall where you find the stud!

3. Make sure to measure your mirror so it will be exactly centered.

4. Mark positions for the mounts.

5. Position and mount screw eyes near the bottom of the mirror! This will distribute the weight more evenly.

6. Double up your wire when pulling it through the screw eyes and mounts. This will also help to distribute the weight evenly.

7. Secure the first end, and create a restraint with a bit of scrap wire. This will keep the wire from separating. A crimp with the pliers will keep it tight. Repeat this at each junction of the wire. This will keep the separate strands together and make it easier to handle.

8. Loop the wire through the screw eye and then tie it off.

9. Lift the mirror into position, this will allow you to see how it fits into the space. When it’s in the desired position, mark the wall at the top of the mirror. Draw a level line across the wall where you had marked the mirror.

10. Pick two adjacent studs and draw lines along the center of the studs to the top line. Measure down 4 to 5 inches from the top line along each stud centerline, mark the point, and secure your hangers. Use hangers that are rated to handle the weight of your mirror!

11. After hoisting the mirror back into place, run the wire through the hangers!

For more information on these tips, see: http://www.hgtv.com/accessories/10-tips-for-decorating-with-mirrors/pictures/index.html

Materials and Tools:
wire cutters
tape measure
carpenter’s square
stud finder
18-gauge single-strand wire
D-rings and screw eyes

A1 Glass Metro Mirror and Shower Door

A1 Glass Metro Mirror & Shower Door is the best and one of the most versatile glass and mirror companies in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We specialize in shower doors and glass shower enclosures including glass shower doors and frameless shower doors. We also do auto glass, heavy equipment glass, custom mirrored walls, custom hanging mirrors, one-way mirrored glass shower enclosures, glass block windows, windshield replacement, and window glass repair and replacement. We serve all of the Tulsa Oklahoma area including Owasso, Bixby, Sand Springs, Broken Arrow and everywhere in between!

Locally owned and operated, A1 Glass Metro Mirror & Shower Door is one of the oldest and most experienced small businesses in the Tulsa area, including Bixby, Broken Arrow, Owasso, and Sand Springs. Owner Steve Layton has been in the business for 40 years and has owned and operated A1 Glass for 20 years. When you want it done right the first time, call A1 Glass. We do everything from residential to commercial glass. We do commercial storefront glass, patio doors, desk tops, table tops, cabinet glass, screens, window glass replacement, shower doors, windshield replacement, auto glass, glass shower doors, frameless shower doors, glass block windows and more.

There’s no job too big, no job too small—we do them all at A1 Glass Metro Mirror & Shower Door! Come visit our showroom to see a small sample of our experience with glass. We have several styles of shower doors to browse including glass shower doors, mirror shower doors, and frameless shower doors. We do full glass shower enclosures. Come and browse our portfolio as well. Inside you’ll find some of the more extravagant examples of our window glass, glass block windows and custom mirrored walls. Although residential and commercial glass may be our specialty, our experience also carries over to windshield replacement and auto glass. We proudly serve the Tulsa Oklahoma area including Owasso, Bixby, Broken Arrow, and Sand Springs. Come visit our showroom at 2505 S. Memorial today, or give us a call at (918) 928-6036!