How to Restore Shine to Old Glass Crystal

Over time, vintage or antique crystal can lose its sheen, becoming cloudy and dusty.

The best way to keep this from happening is to wash the crystal regularly. However, if you find some old crystal in the attic that is cloudy and grey, its shine can be restored with a few simple ingredients and a little determination. .

Wipe each crystal piece inside and out with a damp, soft cloth. Pay close attention to grooves and nooks, wiping them with a corner of the cloth. This will remove dust and light dirt.

Mix a solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Immerse the crystal in the solution and soak it for an hour. Remove the pieces from the solution and wipe them as before with a clean cloth. White wine vinegar is a good alternative as well. Balsamic and other dark vinegars are too acidic for cleaning.

Clean all of the crystal pieces in warm water with gentle dish soap. This will remove residue from the vinegar. Do not immerse the crystal in hot or very cold water, as this could cause them to crack. Make sure the water is slightly warmer than room temperature to avoid damage.

Things You Will Need

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Soft cloths
  • Dish soap
  • Large sink or plastic tub