Care & Cleaning of Antique Glass & Glassware

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Antique Glass - Tips on Care and Cleaning

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Proper glass care is key to preserving your antique glass or modern glass pieces for years to come. Some antique glass pieces, as well as modern glass pieces, are not only precious to the collector, but may have cost a precious price as well. Quality glass is remarkably resilient and does not generally react adversely to normal changes in the envrionment, but as you will find in this glass care lesson, glass care is vital in the preservation of clarity and color of your valued glass pieces.

There are the top ten rules of glass care that should be noted and followed for maintaining antique glassware in the best condition. 

Glass care rule number 1 - Do not store glass in direct sunlight. Although most glass is generally safe in light, some types can be affected by the harsh ultraviolet rays of sunlight, especially clear glass pieces that contain magnese oxide, which will turn purple when exposed to ultraviolet rays.

Glass care rule number 2 - Handle glass with clean, bare hands, free of rings or other jewelry that can cause scratches. It is advised that cotton gloves be used when handling glassware so not leave fingerprints and to protect the outer surface.

Glass care rule number 3 - Never apply any sort of tape to the glass. Tape can leave a film that may be difficult to remove.

Glass care rule number 4 - Store glassware in moderate temperatures, free from extremes of hot or cold. Glass, especially dark pieces, should be placed away from light bulbs, spot lights or any other objects that could heat the glass, causing cracks or breaks.

Glass care rule number 5 - Try to keep humidity stable and avoid rapid changes. Although most glass is not easily affected by humidity, for best results it is generally advantageous to keep glass items stored in an environment not to exceed fifty-five percent humidity.

Glass care rule number 6 - When handling any glassware, first always remove any lids, stoppers or other unattached pieces that could easily fall and be broken. 

Glass care rule number 7 - Any glass with decoration or a flaking surface should be handled as little as possible to prevent deterioration of the surface.

Glass care rule number 8 - Do not leave water in glass vases or drinking glasses for a period of time long enough for the water to begin to evaporate, for this will leave a residue mark that may be difficult, if not impossible, to remove.

Glass care rule number 9 - Always pick up glass objects by their base, not by the top or the rim. Avoid picking up pitchers by the handle, for the joint may be weak. Support the base of the glass piece with one hand while cradling the back of the glass with the other hand.

Glass care rule number 10 - Always set glass away from the edge of the shelf or table, and never reach over glass pieces to get something else behind them. It is best to move each piece individually in order to get to the item behind, and then gently replace them.

Following these ten basic steps in glass care will keep your glassware shining brilliantly for years to come!






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