Caring For Glassware

Although you may purchase your glassware in vast quantities, it is still imperative you take care of your glasses. In a busy restaurant or bar, accidents can happen. Sometimes breakages are unavoidable, however they may be minimised by following simple instructions to care for glasses.

Storage and transportation

Store and transport glasses carefully. If possible, never stack glasses or carry glasses in bunches, as repeated impacts will leave glassware more prone to breakage. Carrying glasses on trays will avoid the impacts produced by carrying in bunches.

Thermal shock

There is nothing worse than drinking an ice cold drink out of a warm glass, but, more than this, it is actually also bad for the glass. Adding ice to a hot glass will be a temperature shock for the glass, making it more likely to crack or break. Therefore it is important to make sure that glasses have cooled down before use. Likewise, it is also not advisable to stack hot glasses from the glass washer. As the glasses begin to cool, the trapped air between the two glasses will try to equalise with the air pressure outside and this can result in the glass exploding.


No matter how much care is taken with glasses, over time, they can develop a cloudy texture known as etching. This process is caused by continued use and cleaning in the glass washer. There are a few steps that can be taken to avoid this happening so that glasses stay looking as good as new. Firstly, you should clean you glassware immediately after use with a specially formulated detergent. A glass renovator can be used to help limit and prevent etching. It is recommended that glass renovator is used once every four weeks to remove small scratches in glassware and prevent the build-up of rinse aid. Regular renovation will maintain the good condition of your glasses and help to keep nucleated glasses in working order.

Contaminated glasses

Poor hygiene routines will result in a build-up of residues on glassware. This causes problems such as flat drinks, lack of head retention on beers and glasses contaminated with odours and toxins. Washing glasses in a sink is frowned upon by many health organisations and poses risks to the operator as glasses can break.

Glasses should be washed in a dedicated glass washer that is not used for cutlery or crockery, whilst regular cleaning and maintenance of the glass washer is crucial for clean, hygienic glasses. After washing, glasses should be allowed to naturally air dry, as drying with a cloth or blue roll can leave behind residues and will spread grease and dirt from hands, surfaces and other glasses.