7 Tips for Properly Cleaning Wine Glasses

November 24th, 2015 @ 11:00am Megan Eileen McDonough Wine Knowledge 0


Dinner parties are the perfect occasion to break out the fancy stemware and chic linens, and we can’t think of a better cause for celebration than an intimate gathering of your closest friends and family. The one hitch? Cleaning. It's easy to hit the hay after a fun-filled night of dinner and drinks, but delicate glasses call for desperate measures. Here are seven tips for keeping your wine glasses clean, shiny and in tip-top condition after every party. Cheers for being the hostess with the mostest!

1. Rinse immediately.

Don't wait until the next morning to wash your wine glasses. Even though it might be the last thing you feel like doing after a decadent dinner party, you'll regret it if you don't. At the very least, fill the glasses with warm water and set them on the countertop to avoid stains.

2. Wash with warm water. Set with cold.

There are three main glassware categories—crystal, soda glass and borosilicate glass, aka Pyrex—and all require special care. Hot water is generally too aggressive for delicate wine glasses, so make sure the temperature is warm before you wash. For the final rinse, use cold water and set the glass upside down for a minute before drying.

3. Rinse. Swirl. Repeat.

Once the glass is filled with warm water, give it a few swirls, just like you'd swirl a glass of red wine before taking a sip.

4. Soap vs. no soap.

This is a toss-up, as some experts recommend not using any soap, while others suggest adding a drop or two. Play it safe by using a very mild dish detergent and rinsing thoroughly to avoid any leftover residue.

5. Slow and steady wins the race.

Resist the urge to speed through the cleaning process. Yes, wine glasses are replaceable, but do you really want to splurge on another set? While washing, hold the sponge in place and turn the glass around. Try to avoid sticking your hand into the glass.

6. Say yes to cotton and no to terry cloth.

Nothing against terry cloths but they're not the best material to use when drying your precious wine glasses. For best results, opt for a cotton or linen towel. These fabrics are gentler on the glasses and won't leave any marks.

7. Polish to perfection.

You're almost done! To polish your glasses, steam them over a pot or pan of boiling water. Use microfiber towels to gingerly rub them.

Bonus Tips:

While hand-washing is usually the best policy, you can put non-crystal wine glasses into the dishwasher. Make sure to remove them as soon as they are dry.

Baking soda can help remove stubborn wine residue. Like you would with soap, add a bit of baking soda to water and let it stand for a few minutes. The residue should come right off. Polishing (see tip No. 7) is another trick to eliminating soap residue.

Wine glasses are best stored upside down. If you don't have a wine rack, place them upside down in your cupboard or right-side up if you prefer. Just make sure the glasses are thoroughly dry before doing so.

Happy cleaning!

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