It’s not everyday that mom whips out the special Lenox Charleston, the Royal Doulton Carlyle, or her Waterford crystal glassware. We gave you some tips earlier about caring for your fine china, but now it’s time to discuss crystal.
- When washing by hand, avoid abrasive cleaners. Combine a quarter ammonia with a mild detergent and rinse with warm water. Let it air dry.
- To remove stains on crystal vases or decanters, fill them halfway with moderately hot water, add a small amount of mild detergent, two tablespoons of ammonia, and one-half a cup of uncooked rice. Swirl it around well for a few minutes, rinse with hot water, and leave to air dry upside down.
- For those pesky stains, fill the container with warm water and let a denture cleaner tablet dissolve until the stain disappears.
- Using the dishwasher is not recommended, but if you must, use the washer’s fine crystal and china setting. Only use about half the normal amount of detergent and don’t allow the pieces to touch one another since vibration can crack the crystal.
- Extreme hot and cold temperatures can break crystal. Don’t pour a cold beverage into a glass you just washed with hot water and vice versa.