How do you keep glassware from chipping?

We all know that glass is fragile, but discovering a chip is still never fun. When it comes to safely cleaning and storing glassware, what are your secrets? We’d love to hear from you.

Emily Kochman


Lori T. March 18, 2021
I have quilted stemware storage containers which are much like those used to store good China. Each glass has its own little cubby hole, and the sides are reinforced. I have three boxes of them, which can be stacked on top of one another if needbe. Currently I have my China and good stemware stored on wire shelving units in my basement storage room. The only risk for chipping is when they are in use, or possibly in the washing. I tend to lose them in use- and there isn't a lot you can do about that. Obviously, you choose who uses them to start with, and don't set stemware goblets on the kid's table at the holidays. Grandma's gold rimmed glasses only go to adults capable of care, and not brought out for the party where the wine flows freely. And finally, I've got a diamond dust round file that can buff out minor chips and nicks. If you have particularly valuable crystal items, it is also worth it to locate a profession glass restoration business near you. They can't help if it's shattered, but cracks and even some breakage CAN be fixed. They also buff out badly chipped and nicked rims, though your glasses might end up imperceptibly shorter in the process. Mostly, I just try to do the best I can to preserve them, and keep a sense of humor if something goes wrong. Providing you didn't throw my crystal glass across the room, butterfingers and accidents happen. Life will go on, even if the glass doesn't. I bought nice stuff to enjoy it, while it lasted. If I can't afford to replace it at this moment, well- I still enjoyed it while I had it. That's priceless.
Emily K. March 18, 2021
Thanks so much for your thoughts, Lori! Sounds like you have some really great storage tricks and fixes—and the right attitude about accidents. They happen!
702551 March 18, 2021
Most importantly do not buy glassware that you cannot afford to replace. They are expenses not investments. Class B shares of Berkshire-Hathaway are investments not your Riedel stemware.

The most careful and dexterous person in your household should be the one to hand wash everything carefully.

For infrequently used pieces store them in their original boxes with the understanding that they may accumulate paper/cardboard odors and need to be washed again before using.
Emily K. March 18, 2021
Thanks for weighing in with these tips! Washing by hand (and carefully!) can definitely go a long way.
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