My wife has a Waterford crystal vase in which we keep cut flowers in a
solution of water and the little packets of 'keep fresh' stuff the grocer
includes with the flowers. The vase has developed an inch wide band of rough
feeling, hazy crystal at the water line. I've tried scrubbing, soaking with
vinegar, and soaking for several hours with CLR - all with no discernable
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
If it's hard water (calcium) CLR, vinegar, muriatic acid will take it
Some causitc (not acidic0 condiitons can etch glass.
If the acids don't work, a glass hone/polishing compound will work.
Think drill motor with a threaded shaft & buffing wheel / rag bundle
Let us know how it works out.
Thanks to all for the replies. I'll try more vinegar and some bleach
(separately, of course) this weekend when the vase is empty again.
Do NOT use bleach, as it may etch the crystal glass. Do NOT put in
dishwasher for the same reason. I would not use CLR either.
Most hand-cut crystal is made of slightly softer glass to facilitate
the cutting and harsh cleaners will make it cloudy.
Here's what one expert suggests for Waterford:
"To preserve its clarity, wash the bowl with mild liquid soap and warm
(not hot) water; do not wash in dishwasher as this may permanently
etch surface of crystal. Certain water may leave a lime or mineral
deposit on the crystal; if that happens, vinegar on a soft,
nonabrasive cloth will help remove the deposit. Rinse with warm water
and polish with a lint-free cloth. Do not store upside down on its rim
or stand on its rim on a draining board. Crystal can focus sunlight
into a concentrated beam that could potentially scorch rugs or
furniture, so do not store or display in direct sunlight. --Garland
If this doesn't work and you really want the vase, I'd take it to a
specialist in cut glass for buffing and cleaning. I know of one in
Flemington, NJ, but of course I don't know where you are located.
There are some lead-crystal cleaning tips at this website:
http://www.mrscleannw.com/tips/cleaning-glass.html Some chemicals will
permanently scar lead crystal, such as waterford, as it is more porous than
standard glass. Let's hope it is not etched from the tablets/powder you put
in with the flowers.
It sounds like the rough band is lime or a similar mineral. Vinegar is
probably the safest thing to use, but it could take several applications.
Vinegar is like soap, in that the more dirt you have, the more soap you
need. It becomes neutralized, and you have to add fresh vinegar. If that
doesn't work, then try what andy said about the Lime Away, but find out
first if it will damage the crystal. Try contacting Waterford
Muriatic acid will clean it.I don't think it affects glass, but you
might check that out as for that type of glass.. They use that to clean
out those concrete trucks you see on the road.It doesn't affect the
paint on them but takes of spilled dried concrete. What do labs use to
clean microacope slides with? That should work..
Sparklekleen is what we use...but I can't find it anywhere.
<http://www.daigger.com/catalog/product ;jsessionid 01JGV45DETBJYFZTZ5GBEQVZQ:tu5a83sd?deptId=SE+Cleaning+Supplies&prodId=SE5402A>
is a similar product. The bottom line is it is a mild detergent, with
calgon...and it makes glass shine like new.
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