For many, glassware that is cloudy, unclean or rife with water spots can be an embarrassment, especially in front of guests. It seems like the most vigorous cleaning fails to remove the cloudiness from glassware – so people either discard their glassware for new one, or stow them away in the cupboard to be out of sight. But why does glassware become cloudy? There are two main reasons for it, and both are caused over a period of time: hard water deposits, and corrosion. Both require careful approaches while cleaning, so that the problem does not recur.
Hard Water Deposits
Your dishwasher will gather deposits and residue over time if you live in an area that receives hard water. These deposits mainly comprise of lime-scale, which can cling on to glass and give it a dull, cloudy appearance. Fortunately, this problem can be fixed and prevented as well.
All you need to do is grab Finish Dishwasher Cleaner that will remove all the filthy detritus left behind in every wash. This detritus contains food particles and grease, apart from lime scale. All of it can cling to the glass and impart a visible film on it. It is always better to clean the dishwasher once a month, so that this detritus is removed and prevented from transferring itself to your plates and glasses. A clean dishwasher also performs to full efficiency, thus saving on soap and cleaning time. Also add Finish Rinse Aid to your dishwasher to soften the water – this ensures that water droplets that form and dry on the glass and other surfaces are dispersed before they can cling to your plates and glasses. Any lingering lime scale deposits are also removed.
Another set of problems take place when you receive soft water – there is increased glass cloudiness in such cases. Cloudiness also occurs due to heat exposure, inferior glass quality, prolonged dishwasher cycles, etc. But you can easily surmount this problem with the right cleaning and care techniques, such as:
- When buying glassware, ensure they are dishwasher proof.
- Use Finish Dishwashing Salt to remove the cloudiness and protect your glassware for it.
- Check your dishwasher’s water softening unit and restore it to normal levels if it set on high.
- Wash delicate glassware at low temperatures, or switch to a glass washing setting. Dartington Crystal recommend Finish as their preferred glassware detergent – it provides complete peace of mind when washing your glassware in the dishwasher.
- Once your dishwasher cycle is over, open the dishwasher to allow excess steam to escape. You need to do this if the device does not have an internal fan. Let the glassware cool before removing it.
While water softness or hardness is largely dictated by your geographical location, its effect on your glassware is something you can now control. You can find out the water hardness or softness with this handy tool.