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#1 Post by CoryA » November 22nd, 2014, 8:13 pm

Anyone have any tips for keeping wine glasses and decanters from taking on a purple tint over time?
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#2 Post by Chuck Miller » November 22nd, 2014, 9:10 pm

Either wash them, or drink only white wine -- voila! No purple tint!
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#3 Post by GregT » November 22nd, 2014, 10:00 pm

Well yeah, wash them!

And use a little elbow grease (not too much now) and you'll clean them just fine. If necessary, use a little bleach - it gets out all kinds of organic stains.

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#4 Post by A. So » November 22nd, 2014, 10:55 pm

Drink from the bottle.
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#5 Post by CoryA » November 22nd, 2014, 11:30 pm

I normally wash the glassware with a dishwashing liquid like Dawn, but have noticed that the glass becomes slightly stained over time. It's noticeable when you put a brand new glass right next to one that's been in use for a while.
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#6 Post by Karen Troisi » November 23rd, 2014, 4:16 am

Every once in a while I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on the bottom of the decanter - works great to remove the staining. I cut a small piece of the eraser, place it in the bottom of the decanter and use a long wooden spoon to move the eraser around. Works great - of course rinse several times in hot water afterwards.
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#7 Post by MikeR » November 23rd, 2014, 5:11 am

I found putting a teaspoon of the dishwasher powder or liquid, such as Cascade, and filling the glass with a half inch of water, mixing, and leaving it overnight does the trick. There is typically a bleaching agent in the dishwasher soap.
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#8 Post by Dennis Borczon » November 23rd, 2014, 5:14 am

far easier method, i notice this also with time. Just try putting them (carefully) in a dishwasher, with a good sheeting agent. Usually gets the purple haze out quite nicely. If still stained, concur with the bleach method above...

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#9 Post by Brian Tuite » November 23rd, 2014, 5:28 am

Don't laugh. It have it and it works.

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#10 Post by Michael Martin » November 23rd, 2014, 5:30 am

I bought a bottle brush at Sur La Table. I use it on my decanters and my glasses. With regular dish soap they stay clear.

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#11 Post by Brian Tuite » November 23rd, 2014, 5:38 am

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Works on coffee pots too!
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Only takes a minute or two and you don't risk bleaching out your clothes if you splatter
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#12 Post by b. c@stner » November 23rd, 2014, 5:47 am

A. So wrote:Drink from the bottle.
This. If Cory is talking of the purple tint I think he is, nothing works. I have a gazillion glasses but being creatures of habit my wife and I tend to use the same glass every night. Over time they take on a purple hue that I'm convinced is not a stain but wine that has absorbed into the glass.
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#13 Post by Phillip Hunt » November 23rd, 2014, 5:47 am

PBW Cleaner

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#14 Post by Brian Tuite » November 23rd, 2014, 5:57 am

b. c@stner wrote:
A. So wrote:Drink from the bottle.
This. If Cory is talking of the purple tint I think he is, nothing works. I have a gazillion glasses but being creatures of habit my wife and I tend to use the same glass every night. Over time they take on a purple hue that I'm convinced is not a stain but wine that has absorbed into the glass.
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#15 Post by Frank Drew » November 23rd, 2014, 6:20 am

As Greg and Dennis already noted, a dilute bleach solution works wonders and it's easy to rinse the glassware entirely free of any chlorine residue. Restaurants regularly clean stained coffee cups that way.

An easy method similar to Brian's beads, some glassware makers recommend adding some uncooked rice to warm water with a bit of dishwashing liquid, then sloshing that mix around inside a decanter, glass, flower vase, whatever.

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#16 Post by Ken McNamara » November 23rd, 2014, 6:48 am

Efferdent denture cleaner works great for hard to reach decanter stains. I read the tip on this board a few years ago.

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#17 Post by b. c@stner » November 23rd, 2014, 6:51 am

Brian Tuite wrote:
b. c@stner wrote:
A. So wrote:Drink from the bottle.
This. If Cory is talking of the purple tint I think he is, nothing works. I have a gazillion glasses but being creatures of habit my wife and I tend to use the same glass every night. Over time they take on a purple hue that I'm convinced is not a stain but wine that has absorbed into the glass.
http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/vie ... 1#p1603971

I sometimes wonder if people care to read the posts that come before theirs.
Yep, read every post. I use the beads. For me they work for surface sediment, but not for what I have come to believe is a stain that is actually absorbed wine. Could be wrong but the glasses are porous right? I've tried bleach too.

Have not tried Efferdent.
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#18 Post by C Janko » November 23rd, 2014, 7:05 am

Course sea salt and hot water... Works wonders.
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#19 Post by Brian Tuite » November 23rd, 2014, 7:05 am

b. c@stner wrote:
Yep, read every post. I use the beads. For me they work for surface sediment, but not for what I have come to believe is a stain that is actually absorbed wine. Could be wrong but the glasses are porous right? I've tried bleach too.

Have not tried Efferdent.
Strange, haven't found anything they didn't clean yet. Maybe I don't let them get that bad beforehand.
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#20 Post by CoryA » November 23rd, 2014, 9:08 am

Bob, I was kinda thinking the wine had absorbed into the glass, as you suggested.
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#21 Post by LarryA » November 23rd, 2014, 9:42 am

I wash all my glasses, including Riedel Sommeliers, in an old GE dishwasher with only a sprinkling of something called Finish, which used to be called Glass Magic (it now says "Finish Glass Magic" on the box). Available from Amazon and some stores.

Some of my glasses I've had for 25 years, and there's no discoloration. Over time they get scratched somewhat, mostly from bumping into each other when carried by hand or on a tray. That's pretty much impossible to avoid, but you can minimize the scratching by taking care that the sides of the glasses don't come in contact with each other.

I find decanters to be more difficult, and have pursued many of the same techniques already described. Sometimes they get an etched pattern that I've been unable to remove.

It also depends on the water where you live. We have a half-a-house in Santa Barbara, where the water is so hard it has to be heavily softened, and I can't use the dishwasher there. Glasses get cloudy fairly quickly, so I wash them all by hand, rinsing with RO water. That seems to work, but takes a lot longer!
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#22 Post by Rick Smith » November 23rd, 2014, 10:02 am

Efferdent works well, as does bleach (with a very long, hot rinse afterwards).

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#23 Post by Nolan E » November 23rd, 2014, 10:29 am

Brian Tuite wrote:Don't laugh. It have it and it works.

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In a similar vein, although cheaper, coarse ground salt or crushed ice scrape out a lot of gunk from decanters. Might not work for cooked on stuff as seen in the coffee pot, though.

Edit: I see Chris mentioned salt above.
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#24 Post by GregT » November 23rd, 2014, 11:17 am

Over time they take on a purple hue that I'm convinced is not a stain but wine that has absorbed into the glass.
Depends on what you mean by "absorb".

Glass seem incredibly smooth to us but down at the microscopic level it is actually a rougher surface than it seems. There are tiny little hills and valleys and little bits and pieces of various things can get stuck in those. Over time, you get enough of those and the color in your wine, tea, coffee, tomatoes, and other things can end up coloring the glass. But it's only surface color and all of those are organic compounds that come out with a little vigorous washing, which is what the brushes, beads, BBs, and beans help accomplish. And it's why bleach works.

In other words, the color doesn't get "into" the glass. It clings only at the superficial level and it's easily removed.
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#25 Post by Bill Clay » November 23rd, 2014, 11:34 am

Fill the decanter with hot water, drop 2 Polident tablets in and let stand overnight....next day, pour out Polident solution, rinse with clean hot water and brush, if necessary...works everytime...

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