How to care for glass items

Glass items from The Conran Shop are prized for their aesthetic appeal and functionality. Proper care and maintenance are essential to keep them looking their best and ensure their longevity. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to care for and maintain your glassware, from drinkware to decorative pieces.

General Cleaning Tips

1. Hand Washing

  • Gentle Detergents: Use mild, non-abrasive dishwashing detergent. Avoid harsh chemicals that can scratch or cloud the glass.
  • Soft Cloths and Sponges: Clean with a soft sponge or cloth to prevent scratches. Avoid using abrasive pads or brushes.
  • Warm Water: Use warm water for washing. Extremely hot or cold water can cause thermal shock, potentially cracking the glass.

2. Rinsing

  • Thorough Rinsing: Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue, which can cause streaking or leave a film on the glass.
  • Cool Water: Rinse with cool water to finish, as it helps to reduce the risk of thermal shock.

3. Drying

  • Lint-Free Towels: Dry with a lint-free cloth to prevent streaks and spots. Microfiber cloths work well for this purpose.
  • Air Drying: If you prefer air drying, place glass items on a dish rack. Ensure they are well spaced to allow air circulation and prevent chips or scratches from contact.

Specific Care for Different Glass Items

1. Drinkware

Wine Glasses and Flutes

- Hand wash whenever possible. If using a dishwasher, place them securely and choose a gentle cycle.
- Store upright or hang by the base to avoid stress on the stems.

Tumblers and Mugs

- Most everyday tumblers and mugs can withstand dishwasher cycles.
- Avoid stacking them too high to prevent accidental toppling and breakage.

2. Vases and bowls

Vases and Bowls

- Clean regularly to prevent water spots and mineral buildup.
- For intricate designs, use a soft brush to reach crevices.

Candle Holders

- Remove wax by soaking in warm water or placing in the freezer to harden the wax for easy removal.
- Clean residue with a soft cloth.

3. Speciality glassware

Carafes and Decanters

- Use bottle brushes designed for glassware to clean hard-to-reach areas.
- For stubborn stains, a mixture of white vinegar and rice can help scrub the interior without scratching.

Maintenance and Storage tips

1. Avoiding thermal shock

  • Gradual Temperature Changes: Allow glass items to adjust gradually to temperature changes. Avoid placing hot items in cold water and vice versa.
  • Room Temperature: When pouring hot or cold liquids, make sure the glass is at room temperature to minimize the risk of cracking.

2. Preventing Scratches and Chips

  • Separate Storage: Store glass items separately or with padding between them to avoid contact.
  • Rubber Matting: Use rubber matting or shelf liners in cabinets to cushion and protect glassware.

3. Long-Term Care

  • Regular Inspections: Check regularly for chips and cracks. Damaged glassware should be repaired or discarded to prevent injury.
  • Protective Coatings: Some decorative glass items may have coatings or finishes. Avoid abrasive cleaners that can strip these coatings.

4. Special Considerations

  • Delicate Items: Hand wash and handle delicate glass items with extra care.
  • Coloured and Hand-Blown Glass: These items may be more sensitive to temperature changes and chemicals. Use gentle cleaning methods.


Caring for and maintaining your glass items from The Conran Shop ensures they remain beautiful and functional for years to come. By following these tips on cleaning, handling, and storage, you can preserve the elegance and quality of your glassware. Regular maintenance not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your items but also extends their lifespan, allowing you to enjoy them for generations.