You want to clean and store your glassware properly to increase its lifespan. In return, you’ll be able to save more money and ensure that it’s safe to use even after storing your items for a long time.
The first thing you need to know is that there are a lot of ways to clean your glassware. However, we’ll focus on the two most common methods, which are by hand and using your dishwasher.
Cleaning Glassware by Hand
It’s time-consuming, but one of the most beneficial methods when cleaning glasses. To start cleaning, following these steps:
- Clean your sink before you start cleaning or washing your glasses. A clean sink helps in making sure that your glasses won’t get extra dirt or debris.
- The water temperature should not be too hot. It should be 60°C below because hotter water may cause etching on the glass. Add a towel at the bottom of the sink if you’re washing crystals.
- Use the appropriate washing up liquid to get a clearer and cleaner finish.
- Start cleaning your glassware thoroughly from the bottom rim to the bottom.
- Drain your sink after washing your glass items. Remove all the debris and detergent, especially oil, from the sink.
- Dry your glassware by hand, or you can place it on a draining board. Do not stack your glassware when drying – make sure that you provide optimum space for each item to air dry.
- Use a microfiber cloth to wipe your glassware dry and to remove fingerprints.
Using a Dishwasher
Some glassware can be safely washed on dishwashers when advised otherwise to follow the preferred washing and cleaning method.
- Check the hardness of the water before you put your glassware in your dishwasher. Remember that hard water has high mineral content, which can scratch the surfaces of the glass. However, we don’t recommend soft water because it leaves a foul taste on the glasses.
- Do not place your glassware immediately on the dishwasher. Pre-rinse your glassware by removing dirt and other food debris. This ensures that the cleaning process is efficient.
- Do not stack your glassware in the dishwasher. Make sure that it’s facing downwards to reduce over-washing that may cause cracks.
- Choose the setting and desired cycle carefully to avoid any cracks, etching, or breaks.
- Once the cycle you’ve chosen is completed, make sure to slightly open the door to reduce the hot steam.
- Remove the glassware and dry it properly with your glassware the items on a flat surface.
Crystals are often the most preferred glassware by a lot of people because of its sparkle and clarity. Therefore, it’s essential to find the right tools and process to polish and restore your items’ shine and shimmer.
Here are some of the things you can do to polish your glassware:
- One of the simplest ways to regain your crystal glassware sparkle is to thoroughly dry your glassware. Use a microfiber cloth to remove all the spots once you’re done drying.
- Mix salt and white vinegar until you create a pasty solution. Apply the paste on the glassware and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse the items, dry it with a microfiber cloth, and use an electric glass polisher.
Proper Glassware Storage
At home, you can store your glassware on your cupboards. Avoid stacking your glassware to avoid any cracks and etches. You can also buy glass racks that you can adjust the sizes. These are also advised to avoid dust and bacteria during storage and even transportation.
Keep in mind that you can always clean, polish, and secure your glassware and other crystal items with these simple steps.