Crystal Cleaning

by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated November 7, 2016)

First, I have to mention that I'm very glad you want to keep your crystal clean. However, it may be too late for some of you, since crystal can be permanently etched by minerals in water (in the case of vases) and other harsh materials, such as harsh cleaners and rubbed on dirt, etc. That having been said, let us move on to the different methods out there that people use.

There are a lot of ways to clean crystal. If you have lime or other water-related spots on your crystal, you can try getting it to come off with just a solution of three parts water to one part vinegar or use full-strength vinegar. You can try using hot water with a couple of denture tablets (dollar-store brands are fine in this case), which should get the minerals and water spots off on the first try. Some people use a little ammonia in the sink when they are washing their crystal, and that helps them get marks off of it. If you do wash your crystal in the sink, try keeping a bath towel as a liner for the bottom of the sink, so that your crystal will be protected from any accidental dropping or clattering.

For wine stains, you may find it useful to make a poultice of whiting (which does not harm glass or crystal and can be found in the paint department or online) by applying it to your crystal's stain after it has been dampened with water. Rub with a very soft, non-abrasive cotton cloth. This method is great because it not only works immediately, but you can polish all your crystal with whiting and it will shine like new. You can also fill your receptacle with a cup of cold water and two tablespoons of uncooked rice, seal it, and shake it around a bit to scrub off the stain. You can also try "scrubbing" with baking soda and, again, a non-abrasive cloth.

If you want to get really intricate about your attempt to clean your crystal, here is one method that I have heard works really well: Using a microfiber cloth that is soaked in soapy water (one half a quart to two or three drops of liquid dish detergent), polish already-dampened crystal with sprinkled-on whiting. Then, when you have taken all the stain off with that method, hand-wash your crystal in a container of separate soapy water like you would any of your good dishes, avoiding any embellishments such as gold, platinum, or silver, so that you do not remove them. Dry with another soft, non-abrasive cloth, taking care to remove any leftover whiting.

One more idea: Rub clean crystal with a dryer sheet. Then, buff the sheet's residue off your crystal with a non-abrasive cloth. It will not only be shiny, but it will repel dust as well.

Author Bio

Cassandra Merkling

MORE FROM CASSANDRA

What Is Your Body Mass Index?

Finding your Body Mass Index number is a good way to estimate how much you should weigh, but it's not right for everyone. ...

Discover More

Remove Tea Stains Yourself

Tea has got to be one of the most popular beverages around the world. What aren't so popular are the stains that they leave ...

Discover More

Steam Cleaners

Steam cleaners are the most popular machines to use when cleaning carpets. Does it stand up to all the hype? Here is some ...

Discover More

Tough Tools for Tough Cleaning Jobs O-Cel-O sponges and Scotch Brite scrubbers are truly a fashion-meets-function success story. The highly absorbent and durable sponges in this handy six-pack make quick work of tough cleaning problems in any kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Check out Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Porcelain Stains

Porcelain is a beautiful addition to any home, especially in the bathroom. The problem with porcelain is that it stains ...

Discover More

Removing Hard Water and Rust Stains

If you have scrubbed your sink and it is germ free, but still looks grimy, chances are you have a hard water stain.

Discover More

Opening and Cleaning a Stuck Decanter

Getting a stubbornly stuck decanter open and cleaned out can be quite the challenge. This tip provides some guidance on how ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 - 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.