Tips for Keeping Glass Kitchenware Sparkling

Sparkling clean glassware is an important element of any food and drink business and an aspect that customers will appreciate. It will encourage them to return. It doesn’t have to take long to keep your glasses in excellent condition, and these five tips will help you look after them.

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Rinse Glasses

After glassware has been used, it is best to rinse all items with hot water straight away to prevent stains and stop any liquids getting sticky, which can make them hard to remove. They can then be washed thoroughly in commercial glass washers later.

Keep the Water Hot

To clean your glassware efficiently, you require warm or hot water, as opposed to cold, as this removes any bacteria, takes away dirt easily and eliminates greasy stains. You also shouldn’t use a lot of detergent with glasses, particularly when cleaning wine glasses, as this can taint them with a scent.

Look After Your Delicate Items

Standard glasses, tumblers and less expensive wine glasses can handle the more robust cycles of a dishwasher or commercial glass washers, such as those available from However, more delicate pieces, like fine stem glasses, need to be handled carefully and will require the water pressure to be turned down to prevent any damage occurring.

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When you’re using glass washers, be careful how you place the glasses in it, so they don’t clink together. You can keep the machine clean by running empty cycles, with some vinegar to remove any deposits, on a regular basis.

Dry Glasses Correctly

Once the glassware has been cleaned, it can be left to air-dry, but this can result in water spots forming. It’s best to dry them afterwards using a lint-free cloth or unscented paper towels.

Storing Glassware

The final point to keep your glasses in the best condition is to ensure they are stored in the right way. This should be in a cupboard that can be closed where possible.

There are advantages and disadvantages to keeping glasses upside down and the right way up, so this will depend on your preferences. Those kept upside down can become contaminated from any dust on the shelves, and if they are not properly dried it can result in mould or bacteria developing. When glasses are kept the right way up, dust can build up inside.