In our blog How to Care for Your China, we discussed the value of china and how proper care is important for its preservation and value appreciation.
Today, we’ll focus on caring for your crystal, which follows the same 3 easy steps:
Step 1. Wash
In order to prevent damage, glasses should be washed individually using warm water and a non-abrasive product (i.e. soft sponge). Tilt glass downwards and rinse under the faucet ending with the base.
Set the dishwasher to the delicate cycle, with a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend using gentle care dishwasher tablets.
Separate the glasses so as to avoid them having contact with other items.
Step 2. Dry
Place the glasses on a towel or on absorbent surface to drain, or wipe delicately, holding the glass by the stem to minimize pressure. Always use a lint-free fine cotton or linen towel. Make sure that fingerprints are not transferred onto the sparkling glass.
Step 3. Store
Always put the glasses back in their boxes or stand them upright, so they do not touch each other.
For decanters, it is best not to leave wine in them. (They should be rinsed immediately after use.) They should also always be stored without a cap so as to allow for airing.