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How to Clean Riedel Glasses

Riedel Veritas New World Pinot Noir

At Wineware, we know that the aftercare of your glasses is just as important as using the glasses. You want to clean each glass without affecting its condition or quality.

Imagine the scene; you have had a few glasses of wine, there’s a lot of washing up to do from dinner, and you are too tired to wash the glasses by hand. What do you do? “Oh it won’t hurt”, and with that, you pop the wine glasses in the dishwasher. We have produced a small guide to make you reconsider your decision, depending on whether the glass contains lead.

It’s known that heat and water will bring lead out of glass, so if you have seen cloudy wine glasses before, this is usually the cause.

So how do I clean Riedel wine glasses?

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Wineware’s top tips for cleaning Riedel glasses

Are you using a dishwasher to clean glasses? Follow these tips:

  • We abide by; never soak lead crystal glasses.
  • Use a cool wash for your glasses.
  • Wash glasses on their own; do not mix with plates, cutlery and other items.
  • Use a modern gel dishwasher detergent (we highly recommend our Crystal Clean liquid)

Washing glasses by hand may be more time consuming for you, but it is the best care for your glasses. Follow these basic handwashing tips:

  • Wash under warm water.
  • To make your glasses shine, steam over boiling water, then use a cleaning cloth.
  • Accessories, such as a wine glass drying rack, are perfect for drying your glasses and reducing the appearance of water spots. Alternatively, place on a cloth to dry (and flat surface).
  • Hold the glass by its base and dry.
  • Never twist the base and bowl of the glass.

How to clean a Riedel Wine Decanter

  • Fill the Decanter with warm water.
  • Let the decanter sit for a few hours.
  • Remove the water from the Decanter.
  • Rinse and wash the exterior with warm water and soap.
  • Polish the exterior with a cleaning cloth.
  • If possible, use a hairdryer on the interior to avoid water stains (Caution - Handle with care!).


If you need any further advice on cleaning your glass, whether it is Riedel or a different brand, give us a call on 01903 786148 or fill in our online form.