How to Clean Etched Glasses
Having decorative glasses at home certainly adds beauty and glamour. However, old glasses often become etched and foggy over time. Etched glasses are caused by water and alcohol chemicals especially if liquid is left on the glasses for a long time, just like a vase. Some cleaning solution also results to etching. Cleaning etched glasses is fairly simple as long as you are familiar with the right cleaning tools.
The things that you will need are denture tablet,s soft cloth or sponge or scrub brush, water, metal polisher, distilled water and dry towel.
Here are the steps in cleaning etched glasses:
- Denture tablets work best in removing etched glasses. Gather the necessary materials. Pour in warm water into the etched glasses.
- Put the denture tablet into each glass and let it sit for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Immerse your scrub brush into the glass with denture tablet and gently scrub the etched surface of the glass.
- After scrubbing, remove the water into the sink.
- Using your fingertips, moisten it with water and coat them with few amounts of baking soda. Scrub the outer and inner portion of the glass with your coated fingers. The baking soda scrub works best in removing spots caused by dishwasher.
- Rinse the glasses piece by piece in running water. For the final rinse, use distilled water to avoid mineral deposit.
- For light etched glasses, you can use metal polisher in cleaning. A good example is a simichrome metal polisher.
- For stubborn dirt and etching appearance, soak the etched glasses in a bucket with commercial cleaning agent. Allow the glasses to soak for few minutes and scrub the surface with a sponge or a soft scrub brush.
- Rinse the glasses one at a time in running water. For final rinsing, it is ideal to use distilled water.
- Wipe the glasses with soft dry towel and allow it to completely dry before storing them to prevent water spots.
If the etching appearance is too hard to handle, you can disguise it using some decorative pebbles, marbles and colored water. This will also cover the foggy appearance of your glasses.
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