Caring For Glass Ware


The preferred method for hand painted glassware is hand washing to prolong the bright colors. If using the dishwasher put the glassware in the top rack and not touching any other items.

Use care in handling glassware. Most breakage occurs during the cleaning process.

Rinse all glassware as soon as possible after use.
Never put cold glasses into a warm dishwasher -- avoid thermal shock.
Do not soak hand painted glassware.
Do not stack warm glasses immediately after washing, as they may stick together. If you have two glasses stuck together put the bottom glass in warm water and fill the top glass with cool water. The bottom one will expand and the top one contract.

It is best to rinse milk and milk products glasses with cold water before they are placed in the dishwasher to prevent proteins from sticking and dulling the glassware.
The dullness of glassware is caused by hard water. Use a different dishwashing detergent brand or use one of the commercial hard water additives.

Pour water into crystal goblets before adding ice.

Do not use beer glasses for juices, soft drinks etc., as sugar coats the inside of glass, affecting the carbonation of the beer.

When serving hot drinks, use glasses of an even thickness. Ensure the glass is not cold before pouring in a hot liquid.

Never place a hot drink glass on a cold surface because the difference in temperature may cause the glass to shatter
Never use glass as an ice scoop as glasses can easily chip or break.


Stemmed goblets should be stored in tall partitioned padded cases to prevent chipping as should all good crystal not on display.

It is best to hand wash all glassware that has gold accents to prevent tarnishing and dullness from the dishwashing detergents.
Stubborn stains on flower vases: Pour detergent solution into the vase and soak. For really stubborn stains, use a denture cleaning tablet and let soak over night.