Key Tips To Clean And Organise Your Barware After A House Party
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When rubbing off any stubborn stains off of pots, pans, plates and cocktail glasses after a party, being cautious and delicate while handling your precious barware is absolutely imperative in order to ensure their longevity. Cleaning up after a good party is crucial to ensure that your table and bar ware are in mint condition, withstanding frequent use. A thorough cleaning of bar accessories and glassware after a good party would also mean less-arduous work of cleaning before your next gathering too!


It is just as essential to have barware looking spic and span before your guests arrive, as it is to clean-up after they leave. Spend a few minutes doing a quick pre-dinner cleaning routine that constitutes basics like washing and drying glassware, brushing bar accessories for any dust or dirt or even wiping down your serving station. To make your glassware and steel ware look shiny and sparkly, polish it on the day of the party using a lint-free, microfibre cloth for the perfectly smooth surface.

Gentle Cleaning Agents

Cleaning stemmed glasses and crystalware is a delicate technique and requires mild agents which are effective to get rid of dust and stains. If warm soapy water and a piece of lint cloth refuse to do the trick, simply use a bit of white vinegar mixed with baking soda to get rid of  mineral deposits and hard water stains as well as overpowering odours.

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Delicate Glassware Maintenance

Don’t worry about bringing the fancy crystal goblets out for a formal do; simply be gentle while cleaning them after the event. To avoid fingerprint marks, hold wine glasses by their stems while cleaning and avoid using abrasive cleaners. Instead, make a baking soda paste and use a soft sponge to scrub them clean. Hand-wash crystal in room temperature water, instead of sticking them in a dishwasher, and store them in cabinets hidden from direct sunlight.

Removing Stubborn Stains

Barware and glassware are prone to wine, syrup or juice stains which can be challenging to clean. Some handy tips suggest that for post-party cleaning, include soaking glasses in a solution of white vinegar and water and using a soft sponge to get rid of any sticky residues. If cocktail shakers carry a strong whiff of the ingredients, shake them with a half-and-half mix of water and white vinegar to get rid of the smell.

Stacking Barware

Once you conduct a thorough clean-up, storing and stacking your barware is necessary to ensure that they remain clean until ready to use the next time. Air dry glasses upright before stacking them and store in a dust-free cabinet. Use shelf liners or cloth pouches for protective layering and reserve spaces for different varieties of glasses on different racks to avoid scratches or cracks. Purchase dedicated organisers for shakers, jiggers and coasters online, and remove the lids and stoppers off of empty shakers and decanters.