How To Store Wine Glasses Long Term

How To Store Wine Glasses Long Term

Wine glasses are one of the most common breakable objects in your home, and as such, they’re one of the most commonly replaced items as well.

Rather than spending money on replacements, you can save yourself money by storing wine glasses safely in your home, preventing them from being broken or lost altogether. These nine tips will help you keep your wine glasses in good condition so that you won’t need to replace them anytime soon.

1) Don’t expose wine glasses to sunlight

While it’s good to wash wine glasses by hand, never leave them in a hot car—as mentioned above, they will absorb UV rays and may become cloudy or yellow. Also be sure to place them out of direct sunlight. As glass absorbs heat from sunlight, it can expand and even crack.

Don’t chill your glasses: The two times wine glasses are most likely to break are when you put them in the dishwasher and when you take them out of your freezer. When taking glasses out of a freezer, make sure they thaw slowly or allow them to drip dry before handling—otherwise you could end up with a broken stem.

2) Handle them with care

When glassware is dropped, it breaks much more easily than china or silver. The thin lip of a wine glass can chip off with a simple fall on tile or wood. Hand wash them immediately after using and never put them in a dishwasher because high heat can cause glass to crack.

When stacking wine glasses, be sure to put felt pads between each one so they don’t slide against each other and crack.

To prevent lip damage, store wine glasses at an angle without touching so dust doesn’t settle on top of them. Use foam padding around each stem if you have limited shelf space or want to stack them for storage purposes.

3) Let them breathe before drinking

One of the most common ways people damage wine glasses is by drinking from them soon after washing and drying. The air trapped in any water droplets that remain on a glass can transfer its humidity to any wine you pour into it, dulling your drink’s flavor.

To keep wine tasting delicious, let glasses dry for about 24 hours before storing them, as well as between uses during regular entertaining. A simple way to combat moisture buildup: store glasses upside down.

4) Don’t use a dishwasher

The high heat of dishwashers can break down wine’s complex notes, making your favorite vintage taste more acidic. Don’t wash your glasses with soap, either—it may leave a residue that interferes with flavors.

Instead, always hand-wash wine glasses with mild detergent and warm water (never use hot or cold water). If you don’t have time to wash them immediately after a meal, soak them in a bowl of soapy water for 10 minutes.

5) Don’t soak them in water

There’s a widespread misconception that soaking glassware in water helps remove odors and leaves behind an antibacterial residue. But these ideas are old wives’ tales; there is no scientific evidence to support any of them.

The only time you should ever put your glasses in water is when you plan on washing them with soap and water, which is rarely necessary for day-to-day use.

6) Use wood cabinets

Never place wine glasses in a cupboard or cabinet made of particle board. These cabinets contain formaldehyde, which breaks down into carcinogenic particles when exposed to heat. Formaldehyde can leach into your glassware if you don’t give it a wide berth (at least 12 inches).

Instead, use wood cabinets with a hardwood finish and glaze on all contact surfaces, like dovetail joints and sides, casters and drawers. Solid wood is always best, but plywood cabinets are also okay; just avoid ones with veneer finishes because these are more likely to contain formaldehyde resins.

7) Avoid dishwashers at all costs

Dishwashers can be particularly hard on your wine glasses, especially when using harsh detergents. Many glasses will still look great to you, but they may actually have a weakened structure that could lead to breakage at any moment.

Also, if you use your dishwasher regularly (like most people), you probably aren’t keeping an eye on your glassware—so spotting damage early becomes nearly impossible. In fact, these tips are great for any type of glassware—not just wine glasses!

8) Keep away from heat sources like ovens and microwaves

Extreme temperatures can negatively impact wine glasses. If you have too many at once, or if you store them in a small area, they’ll likely bump into each other and get chipped. One way to avoid this fate is to leave a few inches of space between each glass when storing them in cabinets or on shelves.

If you really have too many glasses and not enough room, consider using protective boxes or even bubble wrap to help keep them separated. Just don’t let your wine glasses rub against each other during storage—or worse yet, place them directly on top of your kitchen counter where they can be bumped!

9) Check for signs of damage early on

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how fragile wine glasses can be. It’s important to check your glassware before moving them and make sure there aren’t any chips or cracks. If you find any issues, they will need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Never place a chipped glass in a cabinet as it will only exacerbate existing damage; make sure all chipped glass is properly disposed of immediately for best results.

Final Word

You’ll want to store your glasses near a low-humidity environment to help prevent them from breaking. A basement or pantry would be ideal. Opt for temperature control and make sure it stays between 50–70 degrees Fahrenheit (10–21 degrees Celsius).

If you have large glasses, you’ll want to hang them from ceiling hooks as opposed to stacking them as they may cause other glassware to break.

To keep dust off of glasses that are stacked, cover each one with a napkin or paper towel before sealing in plastic wrap and placing them in airtight containers. Make sure that you choose containers with tops that seal tightly because these will be how you store your wine glasses when not using them.

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I'm Devin. I'm a wine enthusiast, researcher, and writer. I love to write about various topics during my free time, but when I'm not working you can find me traveling the world or reading, watching movies, or swimming.

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