Do your antique decanters or antique perfume bottles look cloudy or have a white film you can't get rid of?
Here's how to care for antique and vintage decanters to prevent damage when washing.
The white film is known as "sick glass". Sometimes it is the result of deposits left on the glass and might be removable. Most often it is a permanent discoloration.
Using a caustic solution on antiques may damage the glass even more.
PREVENTION IS THE KEY.
When washing a decanter or perfume bottle with a stopper use mild soap with warm water. Rinse well and turn over on paper towels to drain.
After a few hours make a wick of paper towels by twisting 1 or 2 into a long tail. Put this into the decanter so that it reaches the bottom of the decanter. This will absorb any remaining water that drains down the sides. Make sure the wick leaves a space in the neck of the decanter for air to finish drying the decanter.
Pull the wick out after a day and let the decanter sit on the counter WITHOUT the stopper for 2-3 days . Glass tends to hold water and condensation and forms from temperature change in A/C.
After it is fully dry you can replace the stopper safely. No more cloudy decanters.
See the difference in the picture.
The OLD Antique Mall Y'All had a wonderful tea room full of antiques (of course). Lunch of hearty soups and this unique quiche was served on antique dishes laid out on antique linens.
Here's the secret recipe for the SPECIAL Quiche that was served daily. It holds well and great to make for a crowd.
GREEK QUICHE - With Heart Healthy Feta Cheese - Served with salad and a fruit garnish for a sweet touch.
8 oz. of feta cheese grated
¼ - ½ green pepper chopped
1 small onion chopped
2 – 3 plum tomatoes chopped
5 extra large eggs
1/3 cup half and half
1 pre-baked pie crust shell deep dish style, cooled
Worcestershire sauce splash
Saute onion and green pepper in olive oil until almost soft. Add the plum tomatoes and sauté until all are soft.
Set aside to cool.
Beat eggs with half and half until well combined.
Add Worcestershire sauce splash and combine.
Add grated cheese and beat until well mixed.
Add cooled veggies. Stir or beat on slow until well combined. Pour into cooled shell. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 min to 1 hour or until a knife inserted in middle comes out clean.
After washing your glass pieces with warm water and dish soap dry thoroughly with a towel. Then let the pieces air dry for a couple of hours.
Using a wax spray like High Shine Favor or another furniture wax (not too oily) spray on a paper towel and wipe the glass down inside and out until dry.
This will give a great sparkle to your antiques and collectible glass, help prevent finger prints, and scratches won't be as noticeable.
Overtime you can remove dust from your antique glass and collectibles by just using a Swiffer or other dust catcher as it doesn't stick. Great for table tops.