How to Get Your Wine Glasses Clean

How to Get Your Wine Glasses Clean

Most of us enjoy wine for its taste, aroma, and the way it pairs with certain foods. Wine appreciation is a personal experience, and people have different preferences based on factors such as the type of wine, the vintage, and their individual tastes. 

Some people enjoy the social aspects of sharing a glass of wine with friends or family, while others may appreciate the history and cultural significance of wine. Ultimately, enjoying a glass of wine is a subjective experience that varies from person to person.

No matter how or why you enjoy your wine, it is hard to enjoy wine in a cloudy wine glass. So, stress no more! We are here to help renew your favorite wine glasses so you can sit back and relax and enjoy hosting wine nights, dinner parties, and other social events! 

Your wine glass could be spotless whether you are using a large-bowled stemware for red wine, a small, stemmed flute for champagne, or one of the contemporary stemless wine glasses. To eliminate stains and enjoy wine at its finest, learn how to properly clean your wine glasses in the following article.

How to Clean Your Wine Glasses

Read the article below for excellent tips on how to clean and polish your wine glasses properly! 

1. How Often Should You Clean Your Wine Glasses?

Wine glasses should always be cleaned after use. Each time you switch between wine types or vintages, you should preferably wash the glass or find a new one.

Glasses should be cleaned at least once a year, even if they are kept in a cabinet that is closed, to get rid of dirt and pollution that could etch the glass. After a move, wash the wine glasses as well before storing them in a cupboard or rack.

2. Supplies You Will Need to Clean Your Wine Glasses

Equipment, tools, and materials you will need to clean your wine glasses: 

  • A large sink or plastic tub
  • Rubber sink mat
  • Microfiber towels
  • Wine glass brush
  • Fork or bamboo skewer
  • Microfiber dishcloth
  • Nylon net dish scrubber
  • Microwave or stovetop
  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Pan
  • Mild dishwashing liquid
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda 

3. Instructions on How to Clean Your Wine Glasses

Before You Begin

Hand washing is advised to safeguard your wine glasses from abrasive detergents and scratches.

When placing glasses in the upper rack of an automated dishwasher, make sure there is plenty of room between each one. They shouldn't touch. If they are too tall to fit on the higher rack, consider adjusting the rack or using the bottom rack, but make sure the glasses don't touch any other dishes. 

Use the dry cycle with no heat. As soon as the dishwasher is finished and the glasses are still damp, take the glasses out and hand-dry each one with a lint-free cloth.

Avoid the Suds

When cleaning recently used wine glasses, use warm water and a few drops of dishwashing  liquid in a sink or plastic tub. The glasses can be cleaned with only a small amount of soap. To try and prevent chips or scratches from the sink, line the bottom with a dish towel or rubber mat.

Tip: It is impossible to remove the scratches left behind by using an abrasive cleaning product or scrubbing sponge, so they should not be used on wine glasses.

Gently Wash

To clean your wine glass, use a wine glass brush or nylon scrubber. Pay close attention to the inside of the bowl and the rim of the glass. Hold the glass firmly by the bowl with one hand while washing the delicate stemmed glass with the other.

During Rinsing, Use the Appropriate Water Temperature

Never rinse with cold or hot water; always use warm water. To avoid excessive temperature swings causing cracks in the glass, the rinse water should be at the same temperature as the cleaning water.

Dry with a Lint-Free Cloth

To dry your wine glasses, use a lint-free towel, such as a microfiber towel. Once more, firmly grasp the glass in one hand and dry the bowl, stem, and base with the towel.

How to Remove Cloudiness and Red Wine Stains On Your Wine Glasses

There may be difficult red wine stains to remove if the glasses were left out overnight with a little wine still in them. Use the below technique to remove the stains.

  1. Heat a bowl of water half full until it simmers in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add distilled white vinegar to the and let it cool down a bit for about five to ten minutes.
  2. You can either pour the heated vinegar into the glasses' bowls or put the glasses in a plastic tub with the vinegar. The glasses should soak for an hour.
  3. When the glasses have had time to soak, clean the bottom of the bowl with a wine glass brush, a fork, or a bamboo skewer wrapped in a microfiber dishcloth. After that, simply wash, rinse, and dry the glasses as normal.
  4. If the stain is stubborn and doesn't come clean, fill the glass halfway with the warm vinegar and add one teaspoon of baking soda. Fizzing will occur from the chemical reaction between the vinegar and baking soda. The wine stain will be easier to remove thanks to the chemical reaction. When the fizzing has completely stopped, gently scrape the glass with the brush before washing it as usual.

Tip: The more delicate glasses, such as champagne flutes, could break from the chemical reaction, so proceed with caution while using this cleaning approach.

  1. Any film left on the glasses from lingering detergents, fingerprints, or pollution can be removed with the same warm vinegar soak. However, it won't take care of etching or scratches that developed as a result of regularly cleaning the glasses in hard water.

Tips On How to Keep Your Wine Glasses Crystal-Clean Longer

  • Always wash the glasses by hand as soon as you can after using them
  • To lessen cloudiness from sticky residue, use less detergent
  • Always wash and rinse with warm water
  • At least once a year, soak your glasses in warm distilled white vinegar.

How to Polish Your Wine Glasses Correctly 

  • Regardless of the method you use to clean your wine glasses, you might still want to give each wine glass a last polish to get rid of any remaining water stains or fingerprints. There is some strategy involved here.
  • Be careful to use a microfiber polishing cloth first, as opposed to cotton or paper towels, which leave behind lint. Use this cloth solely to polish glasses; otherwise, it may gather up debris that could scratch or smear the glass. Furthermore, avoid washing your cleaning cloth with fabric softener as this may leave a greasy residue on it.
  • To remove persistent spots, place the glass over a cup of hot water and hold it there until the interior of the bowl steams then wipe off the spots.
  • Be careful when polishing not to overstress the most fragile areas of the glass, such as the bowl's rim and the joint where the stem meets the bowl and foot.
  • Never polish your glass by grasping the base with one hand and rotating the polishing cloth around the top of the bowl; doing so risks torquing and breaking thinner stems. Hold your glass by the bowl gently instead.

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