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Keep your mind on the job, handling of glass can result in breakage and a broken piece of glass is like a surgeons knife, make sure you know where your first aid box is located, just in case the worst happens.

Some basic tips.
1. If your glass item has a lid or a stopper, remove it.

2. Always wash your glass by hand, never in a dishwasher.

3. Water temperature, if to hot or to cold, it can crack your glass.

4. Don't put your glass next to a radiator to dry.
The high temperature of dishwashers can sometimes cause glass to crack and the detergent can also damage the glass surface and give your glass a cloudy appearance. Wash your glass only in warm soapy water and add white vinegar to the rinse water to prevent spotting and fogging, allow to dry naturally.

5. To remove stuck stoppers, get some WD-40. Using warm tap water around the neck take care and turn the heat up gradually raising the temperature, with care try to turn the stopper and pull it out, spray the WD-40 were the stopper and bottle join, repeat  until the stopper comes loose.

Cleaning Glass
Glass should be cleaned with care as some types of glass can be scratched in an instant.

6. Use a new soft cloth, never scouring pads or similar.

7. Take off rings as they may scratch the glass.

8. To protect your item place a clean towel under the drying area.

9. Clean one item at a time, in this way you reduce the chance of hitting two items and braking them.

10. Stop damage caused by water, distilled water is a good thing to use when you clean your very expensive glass.

11. To clean difficult areas a soft bottle brush is a must. Soft camel hair brushes & shaving brushes are also good for hard to reach places.

12. To stop water condensing and staining your decanter, after cleaning roll a sheet of newspaper, put it in the decanter, it will absorb the moisture, this will stop stains.

Newpaper Wick Method
The newspaper wick method.

Lime scale
13. Lime scale remover used in bathrooms and kettles works on some stains put it on neat then rinse off the vase. Another method is to soak your glass over night in Sterident denture cleaner. If the lime scale stain is thick, this is a different matter and can require a glass specialist.

NB. Cloudiness in glass is not always lime scale sometimes its water staining, caused by leaching of certain components from the glass when dirty water has been left for prolonged periods of time. These stains are almost impossible to remove and must be left to a glass restoring professional.

Displaying your glass
14. In displaying your glass make sure that the display lighting is not close to the glass.

15. Avoid putting your glass display on shelving above seating.

16.Try to keep your glass out of direct sunlight.

17. All that's left is to enjoy your BEAUTIFUL ART GLASS.

If in doubt always contact a antique glass restorer for detailed advice on your glass.

Thanks to John T Coll for writing this article.

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