From Grime to Glitter: How to Clean & Polish Crystal Glassware?

Are you the proud owner of a set of exquisite crystal glassware?

Do you love to flaunt your crystal wine glasses on special occasions, but cringe at the thought of cleaning them?

To all our fellow crystal lovers, we are here to demystify the art of cleaning and polishing crystal glassware!

No more panicking at the sight of water spots or cloudy glasses – with this guide by Lucaris Crystal, you’ll be able to restore the sparkling glory of your crystalware glasses in no time.

Let’s clean your precious crystals to get crystal-clear perfection!

how to polish crystal glassware

How to Care for Your Crystal Glassware

Cleaning your crystal stemware and glasses can be accomplished with ease through the use of these general guidelines:

  • Residue Removal: Thoroughly wipe off residues like lipstick stains, etc. before cleaning.
  • Loading the Dishwasher: While most crystalware utensils are not recommended to put in the dishwasher if you own Lucaris Crystal, they are resilient to the dishwasher and can easily accommodate the same (except the artfully made handblown Lucaris crystalware). In the dishwasher, place similar-sized glasses together on the top rack. Ensure proper distance between each glass based on height and width for stability during washing.
  • Dishwasher Cycle: Choose a dishwasher cycle with minimal heat and labeled as “glass-friendly” to wash the glasses.
  • Post-Cycle Care: After the cycle is complete, open the door to allow steam to escape, and let the glasses cool naturally.
  • Polishing: We recommend polishing the glasses after removing them from the dishwasher to eliminate unwanted water spots. Glasses should still be slightly damp for the best results.

Removing Stubborn Residues and Cloudiness

For stubborn residues or cloudiness, follow these general steps:

  • Water Spot Removal: Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on water spots, let it sit, and wipe gently with a soft cloth.
  • Cloudiness Restoration: If cloudiness persists, consider dissolving an antacid tablet in warm water inside the glass. Wait for the fizz to clear cloudiness, then apply baking soda for any remaining spots.

Restoring the Sparkle: Polishing Your Crystal Glassware

To restore the sparkle of your crystal glassware, follow these general steps:

  • Glass Cleaner Solution: Make a solution with a small amount of white vinegar and a teaspoon of salt.
  • Application: Rub the solution inside-out the glass with your hands and wait for 10 minutes for the vinegar and salt to break down the residue.
  • Polishing: Use a soft, lint-free cloth to polish the glasses. Avoid paper towels or rough cloths, as they can scratch the surface.
  • Final Touch: Rinse the glasses with warm water and dry them immediately. For extra shine, use a microfiber cloth or a coffee filter to buff the glasses gently after drying.

Additional Tips for Crystal Glassware Care

  • Avoid abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scrubbing pads to prevent scratching. 
  • Handle crystal glasses with care, avoiding knocking against other objects or surfaces.
  • Many types of wine glasses possess a shape that includes hard-to-reach areas due to stems, for instance, RIMS Nick & Nora by Lucaris Crystal. Use a soft-bristled brush or cotton swab to reach these areas instead of a scrubber.
  • If unsure, refer to the instruction manual for specific cleaning guidelines. 

Make a Better Statement

Cleaning crystal glassware

In conclusion, caring for your crystal glassware is a simple and rewarding process. With these guidelines, you can ensure that your crystals remain in excellent condition, maintaining their elegance and beauty for years to come.

However, if you’re a lover of luxury and cannot compromise your convenience, the dishwasher-safe crystalware by Lucaris Crystal is a must-have in your collection because of their superior quality and resilient craftsmanship.

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