Glass can be quite beautiful, especially intricate pieces with textured designs. In most cases glassware is easy to clean and care for, but it occasionally ends up with cloudy or dirty marks and stains. Even if the stains will not come off during use, they are unsightly, and they can ruin the look of otherwise beautiful glass items. Try the following ways to remove stains from glass, and restore the clear shine and sparkling beauty it once had when it was new.
Glass sometimes looks cloudy because of permanent etching. This most often happens in the dishwasher. If the glass is truly etched, it will not be possible to remove the cloudy marks with any amount of rubbing and scrubbing.
Proceed with caution when trying to remove marks from antiques or fine glass items. Do not rub or scrub gold or silver edging because it will come off and become permanently damaged. Use commonsense, and always follow product label directions and guidelines for best results.
How to Remove Organic Stains from Glass
Organic spots such as dirt, food, decomposed plant matter, and other undetermined substances can be easily cleaned away by filling glass items with one teaspoon of household ammonia and warm water. Allow the glass to soak for seven to eight hours. The stains should wipe away with very little effort.
If a little more elbow grease is required when trying to remove marks on glassware, use baking soda. It is a safe and gentle abrasive. Sprinkle a little baking soda on a wet soft-bristle toothbrush, and lightly scrub the stains. Chances are the marks will be easy to remove with very little scrubbing.
How to Remove Calcium and Lime Stains from Glass
Calcium and lime stains are tough to remove from some surfaces, but it is possible to remove them from glass, even old deposits. Fill stained glass with a mixture of distilled water and white vinegar. A 50/50 mix is ideal. Allow the glass items to soak overnight, and wash them in mild detergent and distilled water the following day. If necessary, soak the glass longer, and scrub the stains with a clean soft-bristle toothbrush to help loosen the deposits.
How to Remove Rust Stains from Glass
Rust stains can appear on glassware because of iron in household water or rusty deteriorating dishwasher prongs. Remove rust stains with a little Bar Keeper’s Friend cleanser and water. Follow product label instructions and warnings for optimal results. This product works like a charm to remove hard water stains on numerous surfaces, and it can remove marks on glass that other products cannot budge.