We all know there's nothing worse than rocking up to someone's house and being handed a drink in a glass that looks like it's seen better days. It has fingerprint marks everywhere, smudged indistinguishable dirt splotches and a tiny bit of leftover food stuck to the side (and you think to yourself it must have been beside a really dirty plate in the dishwasher). We might be exaggerating a little (who seriously serves glasses like that, or more importantly, who doesn't notice) but you get the point. Don't be that person.
Let everyone think you have your life together by presenting impossibly shiny, spotlessly clean glasses at your next dinner party or special occasion.
If you don't know where to start or how to get your glasses looking spick & span, we've put together a guide to help you. You're welcome.
How to Clean your Hand Wash Only Glasses
It's pretty simple.
Using a glass washing product:
1. Clean the sink you'll be using (you don't want bits of gunk plastered to the sides).
2. Place Vin Bouquet's 'Triple Brush Glass Cleaner' in the middle of the sink and fill it with hot, soapy water.
3. Empty out the remaining contents of the glass into the drain (there shouldn't be any because it doesn't make sense to not drink every last drop of wine).
4. Place the dirty glass over the middle scrub brush and rotate the glass on the brushes until all signs of residue are gone.
5. Rinse thoroughly and put the glass aside for drying.
Using your hands:
1. Clean the sink you'll be using (for the same reason as above).
2. Empty the contents of the glass (you know how we feel about this).
3. Clean the glass in hot water with a detergent solution.
4. Rinse the glass thoroughly to remove any missed traces of liquid or detergent.
5. Pop aside to dry.
Polishing your glasses
Washing your glasses is basically just a formality. Polishing your glasses is how you'll get them looking like they're worth a million bucks (even if they were just cheapies).
When you're polishing your glasses make sure you're using a soft surface material, like White Magic's 'Tea Towel'. This will make sure there's zero chance of you accidentally scratching them.
- You can restore shine by making a paste that includes 1/2 teaspoon of both salt and white vinegar as a cleaning solution. Carefully apply the paste and let it sit for 10 minutes, before rinsing it off and polishing with a microfiber cloth or an electric glass polisher.
- If you're noticing dirty splotches or your glasses are looking a little cloudy, try to not let water sit in your glasses while you're washing them. This just allows mineral deposits to build up inside the glass, making it harder to achieve a flawless polish.
Hopefully, you have a better understanding of how to clean and polish your glasses so they look brand spanking new. You can now party in piece, drink up!