If you have a glass platter (such as one bought from Studio Margaret), you might love breaking it out for parties and special occasions. However, you might worry about it being fragile and becoming damaged if you aren't careful. Luckily, following these tips can help you take good care of your glass platter so that it will look great for many years to come.
1. Wash by Hand
First of all, you may want to consider washing your glass platter by hand rather than putting it in the dishwasher. Depending on its size, your glass platter might be too big to fit properly in the dishwasher anyway, and it could bump against other dishes or pots and pans and break. Plus, you have to worry about your dishwasher leaving residue on your glass platter, making it look streaky. Instead, wash it carefully by hand with diluted soapy water, and make sure that you rinse it thoroughly. Then, allow it to stand upright in a dish rack until it is completely dry, or use a clean microfiber cloth to dry it off -- be careful about using other cloths or towels, which can leave behind lint.
2. Handle Carefully
A glass platter can be surprisingly heavy, and it can become incredibly slippery, particularly while you are washing it or if it has been used to serve a greasy type of food. You do not want to drop your platter and cause it to shatter, so consider using pot holders, a dish gripper or rubber dishwashing gloves when handling your platter, depending on the situation. Also, be careful when placing your glass platter in a sink full of dishes; this can cause it to bump against another dish and become broken, so consider handling it separately.
3. Store Properly
If you store your glass platter in a regular cabinet with the rest of your dishes, you have to worry about it accidentally getting bumped by other dishes, particularly when someone is rummaging around in the cabinet. Consider keeping your glass platter stored in a little-used cabinet to help prevent this from happening. You can also wrap your glass platter up in newspaper to help provide some protection in case it does get bumped in the cabinet, or you can store it on top of a high shelf if you don't use it very often. Minimizing contact with your glass platter when it is not in use can help you keep it safe and in good condition.