July 20th, 2011

I have some lead crystal glasses that have been washed in a dish washer and have a milky hard scum on them?

I think this is known as blooming or something similar. Is there any way of restoring these glasses to their former state or are they destined to be recycled?

A couple of things you can try; first soak them in white vinegar. Take a soft bristle brush to get into the grooves, cuts in the pattern if you need to.

I have also heard that denture cleaning tablets work but I always use the white vinegar 'cause I have it and it's cheap!

After this, try to keep them out of the dishwasher; it's just plain not good for lead crystal on a regular basis. If you must, use the "delicate" setting, sometimes called china/crystal.

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