You are looking forward to a good, cozy meal with the right wine... And then this! How can this be? You can't pour wine into such glasses, that's for sure.
To make sure this never happens to you again, here are all the steps you need to take to polish your glasses by hand. Hand-polished glasses are shinier and that's why you'll want to use a polishing cloth!
But when things have to be done quickly, the dishwasher is of course also a good choice. The best thing to do is to select a gentle cycle. Some dishwashers even have their own glass cleaning cycle. We recommend polishing your glasses after cleaning them in the dishwasher. Follow our instructions from step 3.
Place all the necessary utensils next to the sink:
Let's get started
Step 1: Cleaning
Clean your glasses with warm water and a little dishwashing liquid. It is best to use a soft sponge cloth for this purpose.
TIP: When cleaning with a sponge, be sure to use the soft side, as the rougher side can scratch your glass. These scratches may not be immediately visible at first glance, but deposits such as lime will build up in these imperfections and your glasses will no longer become clean. The glasses will become cloudy, "dull" or "blind".
Step 2: Rinse
Afterwards, rinse your glasses thoroughly with clean water so that no detergent remains on the glass.
Step 3: Drain
Afterwards, place your glasses with the opening facing down on a kitchen towel to let the excess water drain off.
TIP: Be sure to use a highly absorbent kitchen towel. This will absorb the water from the glasses and prevent the excess water from dripping off your work surface.
Step 4: Polishing
Ideally, you should use two small polishing cloths to polish your glasses - one cloth in each hand - or an appropriately sized one to cover the entire glass. This will help you avoid annoying and unsightly fingerprints. Now take your glass polishing cloth and polish the bottom and, if necessary, the stem of your glass first. Hold the glass at the bottom while doing this. Then polish the rest. For goblets, hold the goblet with one hand and polish with the cloth in the other. Never turn the stem, base or goblet in opposite directions to avoid "twisting off" your beautiful glasses.
If you have cleaned your glasses in the dishwasher, pat the bottom of your glasses dry before removing them from the machine. This will prevent the water from running down the glass to the opening and save you unnecessary work.
TIP: For that extra shiny effect, hold the glass briefly over steam before polishing.