How to Clean Glassware: Removing Stains and Labels
Beautiful and shiny and clean glassware crockery can give life to the environment. But over time, water and soap residue can leave your surface dull. Fortunately, there are many methods to get rid of these blemishes and to remove the adhesive labels from containers and cups in an uncomplicated way. Here are some tips for finding the sparkle of your glassware. Always read the instructions on the cleaning products label carefully and wear gloves when dealing with chemicals.
How to Clean Glassware
Even in the daily cleaning of your glassware, you should protect all glasses using the proper techniques to remove dirt and prevent the formation of blemishes. The best way to wash your glasses (especially crystals and sets of bowls) is by hand, to reduce the risk of damage and scratches. Dishwashers can aggravate stains. Its frequent use causes soap residues to accumulate on the surface like a thin layer, leaving it opaque. But if you’re out of time and really need to use the washing machine, invest in a good dish washing soap, powder or tablet, which will make a big difference when it comes to washing your dishes.
When cleaning glass surfaces, use hot water and a small amount of good quality dishwasher detergent to eliminate day-to-day fat. Rinse immediately and let the pieces dry naturally facing upside down on a dish towel. If you have to dry your cups immediately, use a lint-free cloth such as microfiber or glass cloths.
Removing Adhesive Glass Stickers
Glasses purchased in stores, as well as bottles and recycled jars, usually come with a label that is difficult to remove. A common home remedy is to apply an oil or alcohol based product such as vegetable oil or enamel remover – but for most adhesives it is best to use a specific product to remove glue and labels to achieve better results.
How to proceed:
First, place the carafe or glass completely immersed in hot water and wait until the water cools.
If the label has been placed on the product with water based glue, you will find that it will loosen up more easily in this step. If not, add a little remover on a piece of fabric and press it against the label. Note that all parts of the label have absorbed some of the liquid.
Let the solution act for ten minutes and remove the label using the cloth.
Brands that insist on not leaving can be treated with a vinegar or cooking oil solution. Put the glass in a container, cover it thoroughly with the solution and leave to soak overnight. Then only use a special adhesive remover for glasses to remove the waste. Before using any remover, read the instructions on the label and test it in a small area.
Wash the glass with regular detergent and allow to dry naturally.
How to remove stains from glassware
Marks of organic waste (such as coffee or wine) can be removed from your kitchen’s hand washing glass using a good dish washing detergent, but some more persistent stains may be difficult to remove. The same type of glass cleaner you eventually use in your windows or mirrors is an excellent more persistent stain remover. There are also several substances that are sometimes effective for cleaning glasses such as baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar.
For organic stains or light marks, you can try cleaning the glass with:
Baking soda and a soft-bristled brush – such as a toothbrush – to scrub problem areas individually.
A solution of equal parts of white vinegar and distilled water for cloudy or opaque glasses. Let the glasses soak for at least 12 hours, and then allow them to dry naturally.
Alternatively, you can also sprinkle a small amount of vinegar or glass cleaner onto a paper towel and clean each of the pieces. Remember to wash them normally afterwards – especially if you are using vinegar, which can leave an unpleasant smell if not thoroughly rinsed.
Be sure to test on a small area of the glass, before applying throughout the dishes. It is also important to wear protective clothing when handling cleaning products and to keep the environment well ventilated.