Glass washing question

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  1. 2plums4one

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    All,

    So I've tried nearly everything I can think of and our hard water is still making it nearly impossible to fully clean a glass. I have a dish drying/polishing microfiber cloth. Getting pretty frustrated. I use the "filtered" water from my fridge for rinsing but I'm thinking maybe the fridge filter is bad. Any ways to get around hard water, or am I just screwed? Any experience with this out there? Old house on well water.
     
  2. Dogfishjoey

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    Vinegar, brotein shake ;)
     
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  3. pmicka

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    Check out this gallery for a side to side comparison of some common washing methods.

    ExpBEERiment: Glass Cleaning
     
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  4. Dogfishjoey

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    I would have recommended star-San also but doubt most people have it on hand
     
  5. cosmicevan

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    wow, I feel so fortunate to have a soft enough water supply...sink and a paper towel always does it in one shot...and I clean a LOT of glasses
     
  6. 2plums4one

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    Thanks for the input guys, I'll report back.
     
  7. 2plums4one

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    Looks like I'll try star san. I'm going to get a fresh 3 gallon bucket, buy 3 gallons of filtered soft water, and make the solution. If I keep it sealed, it should work for a couple weeks at least. I guess my other question would be, am I just rubbing out the fingerprints etc, or does this product completely clean the glass? Either way this looks to be a possible solution so thank you. I'm excited to see how running a few of my glasses through this turns out.
     
  8. Dogfishjoey

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    If you keep it sealed it should technically last forever. One bottle will last multiple uses also. Don't keep them in their too long it might eat off any logo? I think?
     
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  9. pmicka

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    I wash with hot soapy water, rinse, spray with starsan, rinse. A spray bottle of it lasts weeks and you don't have to worry about knocking it over.

    Edited to add: it's sold as a sanitizer, not a cleaner. I always make sure the glass is clean first and then use it.
     
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  10. 2plums4one

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    does starsan remove hard water deposits? Because I would be using hard water to wash and rinse. This has been the struggle all along. not sanitizing, but the hard water deposits.
     
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  12. Dogfishjoey

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    Pbw can handle that
     
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  13. 2plums4one

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    Thanks Dogfishjoey . Just ordered a pound off amazon prime. Will report back.

    While we are at it, it seems my microfiber cloth is starting to leave just a tiny bit of what looks like cotton or cloth residue (could be something else I guess) on the inside of my glasses. If I'm able to get rid of the hard water stains, should I go back to upside down drying on a bar mat, steaming, or continue to polish/other? As of now I'm handwashing the cloth and hang-drying it.
     
  14. cry me

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  15. 2plums4one

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    I use the microfiber polishing cloth you mentioned. I'll try that other concoction as well. Thanks man.
     
  16. cry me

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    My water leaves spots if it stays on the glass for longer than 10 minutes or so. Trick is to rinse and dry almost immediately, and to be thorough. Kind of a pain in the ass but it works.
     
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  17. FTowne

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    This is all way too complicated.
     
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  18. 2plums4one

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    Yep this is the est I can do right now, and it takes a good bit of elbow grease but the only way to not have the little spots.
     
  19. Beastrsbrew

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    cry me is correct. Wash,then dry immediately. 100% cotton towels work the best. Also great for cleaning flat screen t.v's.
     
  20. BulkCarrier

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    Since I'm a former homebrewer, I just use my "C-brite" on my glasses and dry with an eyeglass cloth. Seems to practically work every time. Cheers!
     
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