When you are a true fan of wine, the likelihood is that you have spent a fair amount of money on a perfect set of glasses. If that is the case, then you will know how irritating it is when one of the glasses gets damaged or stained. You can avoid this annoyance by following our guide to properly cleaning wine glasses, and ensure that they are kept in pristine condition!
Cleaning the Glasses
Before you put away your wine glasses after using them, it is important to ensure that they are properly cleaned and dried, especially if you are using crystal glassware.
The glasses should be washed as soon as possible, or filled with water until they can be cleaned, as residual wine can evaporate and leave behind a stubborn stain. They should be gently cleaned using a soft sponge, and extra care needs to be taken around the delicate areas of the rim and stem. These areas tend to be where most of the dirt appears, with lipstick and fingerprints leaving their mark. When you wash the glasses, hold them by the bottom of the bowl, rather than the stem, as the fragile stem glass can easily snap when you’re trying to give the glass a scrub! Ensure the water is not too hot, as glassware can crack when overheated. Using a longer sponge, or sponge on a handle can be a great idea, as attempting to stick a hand into the glass to reach the bottom can also cause breakage.
Once cleaned, the glasses should be placed upside down on a soft towel to air dry until all of the glasses have been cleaned. Using a soft, lint-free cloth, such as a microfiber, each glass should be dried carefully and thoroughly.
Crystal glassware is different to regular wine glasses and requires a little more care to keep them in their best condition. Crystal glasses are more porous, meaning that smells can get absorbed, affecting the flavour of your wine the next time you use them. Using a fragrance-free dish soap can help to avoid this issue. Due to the porous nature of these glasses, any damage is permanent, so carefully washing the glasses is a must. Drying crystal glassware thoroughly is also essential, as watermarks can easily stain the glass too.
Once your glasses are sufficiently clean, store them properly to ensure that they remain in perfect condition! Read our previous blog post on how best to store your glasses to keep them safe from damage. If you are looking for a better way to look after your wine collection as well, then take a look at our range of wine racks.