As you might imagine, we have a lot of wine glasses at our homes and in our tasting room at Tiedemann Wines. I have noticed that over time some of these wine glasses have gotten cloudy. This seems to happen when I use the standard dishwasher in the tasting room that doesn’t have soft water. This situation is generally caused by hard-water minerals that create a film of build up. Another issue is the long length of time the glasses spend in a standard dishwasher cycle. When I use our commercial dishwasher, where the wash cycle is about two minutes, I usually don’t have a problem. I also use a commercial glass dryer and polisher which pretty much eliminates any issues.
It is highly recommended that you wash all of your wine glasses by hand in hot water with very little detergent and rinse the glass quickly in hot water. I generally rinse them several times. Once you have rinsed them you can dry and polish them with a dry cotton cloth or a microfiber cloth.
Cleaning Wine Glasses
There are several ways to try and clean cloudy or stained glasses. If you drink a lot of red wine your glasses may have a tendency to stain and have a red or violet tint to them. Either of these conditions can be taken care of by cleaning the glasses as follows:
- Soak the glass or glasses in a sink filled with warm white vinegar.
- Let the glasses soak for one hour.
- Scrub the inside and outside of the glass with any type of plastic scrubber.
- After scrubbing rinse the glasses with warm water.
- Use a lint free towel to dry the glasses.
Cleaning Stained Wine Glasses
We red wine drinkers are familiar with stained wine glasses. At home I use the same glass pretty much every time I drink red wine of any type. After drinking, I rinse the glass well and turn it upside down on a paper towel to dry. The wine residue collects in the bottom and lower sides of the glass. Even with rinsing, it continues to accumulate and the glass begins to have a red or rusty appearance. There are a couple of methods to use to eliminate the stains.
- Fill the glass with a small amount of white vinegar, drop in a tablespoon of baking soda and let the glass sit for 15 minutes. Remember that vinegar and baking soda will react together and make bubbly foam, so don’t start with two much of either ingredient or you might have a big mess to clean up.
- Scrub the glass with a plastic scrubber or any makeshift bottle cleaner you can come up with. One method is to wrap a lint free cloth around a knife or fork and scrub with it.
- Once you have scrubbed the inside of the glass, rinse it several times in hot water.
- Again, dry the glass with a lint free towel.
The Carl Method
The wine glasses in our tasting room and my own personal glasses get used consistently. The majority of the time they are filled with red wine. Due to the heavy usage they stain quickly. Here is how I clean them:
- Put one to two tablespoons of Clorox bleach, or a similar product, into the bottom of the glass.
- Add some detergent, again, one to two tablespoons.
- Fill the glass with hot water and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes scrub the inside of the glass and rinse until there is only clear water in the glass.
- Dry the glass inside and out with a lint free towel. Your goal in this step is not only to dry the glass but to polish it at the same time.
- Unless you have the option to use commercial dish-washing equipment, it is best to hand wash your wine glasses.
- If you hand wash be sure to add some white vinegar to your dish water. Again scrub and rinse thoroughly, wipe and polish.
- If you use a noncommercial dishwasher use soft water. With softened water you may use less detergent and you can add some vinegar for the rinse.
- Remove your glasses right after the wash cycle. You want to avoid the high heat of the drying cycle. As usual, proceed to dry and polish your glasses.
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