Secrets To Making Your Glassware Sparkle and Shine For Years To Come
Glassware is a beautiful addition to any bar, but it can be tricky to keep clean and maintain. If you don't know how to properly clean and store glass drinkware, your crystal glasses and cocktail shakers may end up looking cloudy and dull. With the right tools and techniques, you can make your glassware sparkle and shine again with minimal effort.
How to Clean Glass Drinkware
- First thing first: always wash glass by hand instead of putting it in the dishwasher. Dishwashers can cause irreparable damage to your glassware over time, so they're not worth using if you can avoid them. Also, dishwashers may leave streaks on the glassware that are difficult to remove.
- Use a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth to wash glasses. Wash the glass in circular motions. Avoid harsh scrubbing as this can create scratches on the glass that make it look cloudy or dull.
- When washing by hand, use warm water instead of hot or cold. Hot water can cause the glass to expand and then contract again once it cools down, which might lead to cracks or other breakage issues. Cold water is also generally too harsh on your glass.
- Use liquid dish soap instead of detergent (Dawn is great for this). Detergent can leave behind residue that will dull the shine of your glassware, whereas liquid dish soap won't strip away all of the oils that keep your glass looking shiny and new.
- After rinsing each glass, dry it thoroughly with a towel before placing it upside down on a rack or draining board where moisture won't collect around its base.
How to Store Glass Drinkware
Glass is a delicate material that requires special care. While it's durable, it can shatter easily. Properly storing glass drinkware is essential to preserving it for as long as possible.
Here are some tips on how to store your glassware properly:
- Don't stack glasses on top of each other. This will cause them to rub against each other, potentially damaging the glass and causing them to chip or crack. Instead, store them in rows with space between each one so they don't get damaged from contact with other pieces of glassware.
- Store your glassware away from direct sunlight and heat sources such as lamps and fireplaces. Glass absorbs heat very quickly and can become very hot when sitting near a heat source. If you're not going to use your glassware for a while, wrap it in bubble wrap or place it in an airtight container so it doesn't get damaged by temperature changes or sudden shifts in humidity levels, which could cause cracks in the glass due to expansion or contraction if left out in the open air too long without protection.
- Do not stack heavy items on top of your glasses — especially if they're thin-walled glasses like Martini glasses or champagne flutes which have less structural support than tempered glass tumblers.
- Use shelf-liners on hard surfaces to protect the glasses from hard surfaces and prevent scratching the rim.
- Don't store beverages in open wine glasses or other drinking vessels; this will encourage mold growth inside them because they won't get enough air circulation or sunlight exposure outside of their storage locations.
Glass is one of the easiest materials to care for. With a little TLC and some attention to detail, you will be able to keep your glassware sparkling and shining and ensure that they stay in tip-top shape for years to come. By following these steps, your glassware will be clean and residue-free, and your martini glasses, cocktail glasses, and wine glasses will never be cloudy again. They'll be reflective, too, which means that you'll also be able to see all of the lovely colors in your beverage and the beautiful curves that make the glass unique.