How to Use a Microfiber Polishing Cloth to Remove Stains from Wine Glasses


There’s nothing more frustrating than realizing mid-party that all your stemware has water spots. Although in the end it is harmless, it can definitely ruin the aesthetic appeal of a perfectly poured glass of wine.

A glassware polishing cloth is a must-have item in any wine lover's arsenal of accessories. It can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your glassware sparkly and ready for the next social occasion at home.

In this short article we will learn how to use a microfiber polishing cloth to remove stains from wine glasses and we’ll go over a few tricks that will make things easier.

Let’s start by debunking a common myth. Can you put wine glasses in the dishwasher?

If your wine glasses are exclusively made of glass, crystal or borosilicate (and by that I mean they don’t have gold rims or other decorations they should be fine for the dishwasher however check with the manufacturer. You can also improve the performance of your machine by taking the following steps:

To reduce the possibility of an accident with a knife or a fork cracking a glass, wash stemware separately.

Preferably, if you do choose to use the dishwasher, make sure you use the top shelf glass rack and keep the glasses away from anything else to avoid scratches. Also, use the air dry setting because the extreme drying heat can affect the color of the glass over time and it will most likely be irreversible.

wine glasses on dishwasher

A high quality polishing cloth will make all the difference when it comes to enjoying wine using pristine glasses. Previously, this required steaming the glasses in order to polish them, but with our two-step approach, you can polish all of your glassware and accessories to a beautiful, streak-free sheen in minutes. Let’s go over the process.

1st Step:

If your glasses are already clean and slightly damp, you don't need to do this step. You can go directly to polishing if you've just washed and semi-dried them with the dampening cloth. If not, moisten the damping cloth with warm water and squeeze firmly to eliminate as much moisture as possible (remember, do not wring.) Wipe the interior and exterior with the damping cloth gently, then continue on to the polishing phase.

2nd Step:

Polish the glass inside and out with the extremely fine polishing cloth while it is still moist. Pick up your glass with one hand and place it just below the bowl with the damping cloth or utility cloth.

Carefully insert a section of the polishing cloth into the bowl (depending on the size of the glass) and polish lightly with your other hand. Wrap the towel around the handle of a wooden or plastic kitchen spoon or utensil if you're experiencing troubles reaching the bottom of larger items. Remember that good quality glasses are fragile and therefore should be treated with care.

Continue polishing the inside of the bowl, then the outside, and lastly the stem. Fight the temptation to spin the glass by holding it at the base of the stem, as fine glassware is fragile.

A few years ago, when I was working as a bartender, I began to look for an answer. As a result, I created a set of 3 high-quality lint free and streak free, purpose specific, wine towels.

It comes with instructions on how to polish glassware to a brilliant shine quickly and effortlessly. Includes a 12"X12" utility towel, 12"X12" damping towel, and a 20"X24" ultra fine glassware polishing towel. You can learn more about our set over here: Set of Microfiber Polishing Cloths for Wine Glasses by Lifestyle Banquet

In the end, the first step to improving your wine drinking experience is to use a clean, well-polished wine glass. Every social gathering is enhanced with odor-free, shining glassware. Raise a glass to that and watch it sparkle.

Have you had any experience with cleaning wine glasses at home? Please let us know in the comments section so we can participate in the conversation.

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