A good drinking glass is a pleasure to use. It feels just right in your hand and can dress up any meal, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Company servicing Winnetka, Il. It can be all purpose, or for one use only- wine lovers know a properly shaped glass can amplify the richness of a Bordeaux, or keep Champagne from losing its fizz.
Regardless of shape, all glass is made from the melding together of sand with ashes, lead oxide, and ground limestone. The fewer imperfections and trace elements in the sand, the more colorless the glass will be.
The two basic methods for making glass are blowing and pressing. The finest handmade glasses are made with metal blowpipes. a clump of molten glass at the end of a long pipe is coaxed into a bubble by the breath of the blower. Today, in this age of mass production, this process is often by machine. Pressed glass, which tends to be thicker than blown glass, is made when molten glass is poured into a mold. Unlike blown glass, which is uniformly smooth inside and out, pressed glass usually has a raised pattern on the outside. Depression glass from the 1930's is a typical example of pressed glass, as is the dinner tumbler with paneled sides, a classic on the American table for generations.
Because most drinking glasses are made to go in the dishwasher, caring for them is easy. Hard water, however, may leave deposits on glasses, causing a cloudy film. To prevent this, use the minimum recommended amount of detergent, run the machine on the Delicate of Normal cycle avoid Heavy-Duty or High-Temperature setting), and use rinse aid.An everyday glass wardrobe might include a tall, wide glass for water, an all-purpose medium-sized tumbler for milk or lemonade, a tall glass for iced tea, and a smaller juice glass. All of the above information is in Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook and generally followed by a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Company servicing Winnetka, Il.