From delicate sets of wine glasses to treasured family heirlooms, hand-blown glass needs to be treated with the utmost care and attention. Cleaning glass may feel intimidating at first because so much of it is fragile. But once you know the right tips and tricks, you’ll be able to properly care for your dishes, glasses, vases and sculptures without damaging them. Here’s a definitive list of the things you need to know to care for your glass gems with the confidence of a pro.
Don’t Wear Jewelry When Cleaning It
Because hand-blown glass is so delicate, wearing jewelry while you’re cleaning it could result in unwanted scratches. Make sure to remove rings, bracelets and other pieces of jewelry before you begin.
Don’t Use the Dishwasher
Although it may be tempting to place your glassware into the dishwasher to save some time, the heat can crack certain kinds. While our glassware is strong enough to be safely put in the dishwasher, as with most hand-blown glass it’s preferable to hand wash it so you can prevent chips on the lips of the glassware and help the pieces last a lifetime. If your glassware is particularly fragile, you should avoid using dish brushes, too, which can scratch delicate glass items.
Dust Glassware with a Feather Duster
For items that you aren’t using to eat or drink like glass sculptures and decorative dishes, start out by dusting with a feather duster to remove any debris that may have built up over time. If you don’t have one on hand, you can also use a dry paintbrush (just make sure it’s not too scratchy).
Remove Fingerprints with Glass Cleaner
No one wants a set of fingerprints or smudges on their prized possessions. The simplest way to get rid of fingerprints on your glass dishes is with glass cleaner (such as Windex) and a soft cloth or paper towel.
If you have foggy glassware, you should remove smudges and grease by hand with dish washing detergent and lukewarm water. Be sure to keep a firm but gentle grasp on the vase or hand-blown trinket as you wash to avoid accidentally breaking or dropping it. After rinsing to remove any remaining soap, dry the item with a paper towel or soft cloth to prevent water spots.
To clean cloudy glassware, use a mild detergent, and then soak it in distilled white vinegar for about 15 minutes. Vases are one of the types of glassware that can easily become cloudy, so to avoid having cloudy glassware altogether, you should change the water frequently in any flower vases and allow the glassware to soak in a gentle mixture of dish soap. (And once you’ve finished washing your favorite flower vase, brighten up your home by arranging a bouquet of your favorite flowers.)
By following these simple steps, you can care for and preserve your glass items for many years to come. hand-blown glass pieces not only add charm and color to your home, but they can also become treasured family heirlooms for your kids and grandkids to enjoy one day.
While you’re searching for new glassware to add to your glassware collection, have a look at Cheryl Saban’s hand-blown collections. Since our pieces are more robust than most other glassware, you don’t have to worry about easily chipping or damaging them. Every piece is meant to bring color into life’s little moments, and therefore is hand-blown to withstand gentle everyday use.
Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.