Monday, April 30, 2012

Clean Crystal

Crystal can add the perfect touch to any table, but if yours isn't sparkling the way you would like it to, here is some helpful advice.
1. Always wash your crystal by hand. Washing it in the dishwasher can cause scratching and cloudiness.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to soapy water and then rinse the crystal with a mixture of one part vinegar, three parts water. The vinegar will help cut grease and eliminate dulling film.

3. Put a towel in the bottom of the sink and it will protect your crystal against chipping. Wash the pieces one at a time. When handling stemware, hold them by the bowl rather than the stem, this way you'll be less likely to drop it.
4. If your crystal is dingy, try soaking it in a basin of water with a penny in it. This will cause a chemical reaction that will pull dust and dirt out of all the little cuts and crevices.
5. If you have set your table and notice a few water spots, don't panic. Just rub them with a soft cloth that has been dipped in lemon juice. Those spots will disappear in no time.

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