We often underestimate the importance of glass in our lives. Modern life would simply not be what it is today without the invention of glass. From the glass used in greenhouses that allowed us to cultivate fruit and vegetables in temperate climates, to the glass lenses in the telescopes that first allowed us to explore beyond the realms of our solar system, glass has been an integral part of the most affecting events in human history.
The first hollow containers made of glass were made in about 1500 BC, but the art of making clear glass through glass blowing wasn’t discovered until 1AD. Even then, this art was kept a closely guarded secret until the fall of the Roman Empire.
What is Glass?
Glass is what is known as an ‘amorphous solid’, which simply means that it is a solid that possesses many of the properties of liquid. This is what gives glass its unique transparent quality. Glass is made by heating up a number of ingredients, primarily silica, to temperatures of around 1,500 Degrees. This molten glass is then gathered around the end of a hollow tube, much like treacle on a spoon. The molten glass is then placed inside a mould and air is blown through the tube, creating a bubble of glass which fits to the required shape and size.
What is Corrosion?
Unfortunately, over a period of time, repeated exposure to hot water and detergent in the dishwasher strips the surface off microscopic molecules of glass. This leaves holes and uneven patches on the surface, that cause the light shining through the glass to bounce around, rather than pass straight through – which it does through a brand new, unblemished surface. Soon, the glass looks dull and cloudy.
How can it be prevented?
All is not lost, however – your glasses’ perfect shine can easily be protected, firstly by making sure that you load the dishwasher correctly, with no glasses touching each other inside the machine. As the dishwasher runs, the items in it will move around, and if glasses are allowed to knock together, tiny chips and cracks can form. Some glasses can also chink and break during the wash if the machine is not loaded properly. The next thing you can do it make sure that you’re using the best dishwasher detergent for preventing glass cloudiness, and which also imparts that perfect clean.
Finish All in 1 Max Regular tackles this corrosive process on glass, preventing it from removing those molecules off the glass surface. It uses a unique patented technology, which works as a protective shield around the glass and guarantees a longer lasting shine. There are key times during the wash that glasses are at most risk, so it is useful to combine the shine and protect power of the detergent with shine and protect rinse aid, which will protect from corrosion, but also from other factors that can compromise the gleaming clean of your glasses, like lime-scale and water spots.