Tuesday, February 7, 2023

This is how you make wine glasses shine again

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With our tips, unclean wine glasses are a thing of the past.

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Nicholas GreinacherEditor Wine

Getting wine glasses perfectly clean and streak-free is not that easy. The fragile pieces often end up in the dishwasher. However, this entails several problems: streaks after the wash cycle can give the impression that the wine glasses have not been washed properly.

Many a delicate wine glass made from the finest crystal is not dishwasher-safe at all. In addition, tiny residues of detergent can leave a noticeable dishwasher smell. Wines from such glasses often have a penetrating metallic and chemical smell, which impairs the perceived quality of the wine.

Clean wine glasses with the dishwasher

Anyone who, like me, belongs to the dishwasher group does not necessarily have to wash their wine glasses by hand. In order for this to succeed, you have to consider a few important points: First, you check whether your glasses are dishwasher-safe at all. You can find the corresponding symbols or instructions either on the packaging or on the bottom of the glass.

First, I give the wine glasses a quick rinse with tap water before I put them in the dishwasher. There I choose a specific glasses program that works with a weaker water jet and a lower temperature. The washing-up liquid or tabs should be mild because there are no stubborn grease stains to remove. Important: Never wash your glasses together with dirty pans or plates.

As soon as the washing program is finished, I take the still slightly damp wine glasses out of the dishwasher and rub them dry with a clean microfiber cloth. This way I avoid unsightly streaks forming on the glasses. Before putting them away in the cupboard, I do a little odor check: If the glasses smell like washing-up liquid, I wash them briefly by hand under cold water.

And this is how it’s done by hand

If you have the time and desire to wash your wine glasses by hand, you should proceed step by step to achieve a perfect result. First, wash the glasses in warm water with a little detergent and use a soft, non-abrasive sponge. Then rinse the wine glasses, which have been washed clean in the meantime, under cold water to remove soap residue.

Next, dry the soap-free, clean wine glasses with a microfiber, cotton, or linen polishing cloth. If the cloth isn’t clean and has been used to dry hands for several days, for example, you’ll ruin all your work.

Many wine glasses are easily breakable and some are only blown from wafer-thin glass. If you hold the glass by the foot when polishing, you could break off the stem in the worst case. It is therefore important to fix the wine glass at the bottom of the cup. The best way to check whether the glasses are perfectly clean and streak-free is under a lamp or by the window in daylight.

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