With these tips, your vintage item will last for many years to come!
You just bought a vintage item and can't wait to drink from your unique wine glass, serve snacks from your new silver coupes or make sangria in your pitcher. But what's the best way to wash and care for your item so it stays beautiful for decades to come?
We often get questions like "is my vintage glass dishwasher safe?", "how do you girls get those silver coupes so shiny?" and "how do I get my vintage wine glasses so nice and shiny?". Here are our go-to tips and tricks for different products and materials. This is how to prevent a glass from turning white or getting a rainbow sheen. And with these tips, you'll make your silver/inox items shiny and stain-free again!
Glasses and glass
We hand wash all of our vintage glasses, and any items made of glass. No exceptions! Dishwashers can be too aggressive and leave glasses damaged or even broken. The glass is often very old and not made for the dishwasher. Use a soft sponge and regular dish soap. It is important to dry glasses right after washing them so that no drop stains can form. Use a soft, lint-free tea towel for this.
Silver and stainless steel (inox)
So how do you make sure your silver/inox items stay so beautifully shiny and stain-free? Stains occur from drops of water drying up, for example, or from contact with the natural oils in the skin. It may also be that the item is reacting to food that has been sitting on it. Wash these items by hand and make sure to dry them completely right away with a clean tea towel. This way you avoid leaving stains and/or discolorations. Do stains remain visible after washing, or is the shine gone after a while? Then you can treat the silver/inox item with a silver polishing cloth or silver polish. Just rub it on and your silver ice coupes will shine like new again!
Just like our other vintage items, we advise hand washing ceramics. Because they are often very old items, a vintage lunch plate, for example, may not be able to withstand the heat of a dishwasher. The dishwasher can cause cracks in the top layer, or leave a rainbow sheen on the glaze, among other things.
Hopefully these tips will help keep your vintage items beautiful for a long time. Have a question about maintaining a specific item? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd love to think with you!