How To Get Glassware Crystal Clear

Glassware is becoming more and more popular in both decorative aspect and dinnerware use.  The choice of using glass has been both practical and aesthetic.  The downside of glassware though is felt when you wish to keep it spot free clean.

If you are one of the many owners of glassware who obsess on keeping them crystal clear, below are some tips for you.

For plates and glasses, you can still use your regular dishwasher in washing them.  But if you are not satisfied after you unload them from the dishwasher due to some clouds forming, here are a few tips:

  • Use the regular setting for your dishwasher.  
  • Add the same amount of dishwashing liquid detergent that you use.
  • Add some sodium bicarbonate or commonly known as baking soda into the dishwasher before you start the unit.  Baking soda is known for numerous applications.  From cooking, personal hygiene, fire extinguishing properties, and now, for cleaning glassware.
  • Be surprised on how spot less your glassware will be. 

For decorative glassware, here are some tips, which you can easily do:

  • If you are collecting glassware, make sure you put them in glass cabinets so as not to attract too much dust.
  • Regularly use lint-free cloth to wipe them clean.
  • Use a mild soap coupled with a non-abrasive sponge to wipe away the spots.
  • If spots persist, carefully bring them to the kitchen for proper cleaning.
  • Place a soft towel at the base of your sink to avoid shattering the glasses in case they slip.
  • Fill the sink with warm water and some mild soap.  Let the glassware soak for about ten minutes.
  • Wash the crystal using a soft sponge.  Make sure that you do not use abrasive sponges, as these will scratch your precious glassware.
  • Use a dry soft towel to absorb the remaining water.  Buff the glassware using a microfiber cloth.
  • Make sure you keep the glassware as dry as possible.  Watermarks can build up in them if you keep them wet.

Some more tips in glassware handling:

  • Provide a little space in between the glassware when storing them; this will avoid them from getting in contact.
  • Check your water for hardness or softness level.  Hard water, usually coming from deep wells, can cause cloudiness in the glasses.  To check if the water coming out from your tap is hard, think of the time you’re trying to rinse from your shower.  Does your skin still feel slippery even after all the soap has been rinsed?  Then you might have hard water coming out.  Consider buying water softener as hard water can likewise cause damage to your faucets, showers and other fittings.  Hard water can cause damages, stains and hard to remove marks on your glassware.  If you don’t like to purchase a water softener, use a hard water stain remover, which can be purchased at any local grocery store. 

Careful handling, to the point of obsession, is the key to keep your glassware crystal clear.  Keep them sparkly clear to maintain their glitz!


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