Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017     Views: 108

The book that addresses your problem is "Conservation and Care of Glass Objects" by Stephen Koob. Here is just a bit of basic information from Steve Koobs text chapter 6 on cleaning: 

A liquid soap is needed, and it can be of almost any variety. Two conservation-grade examples are Synperonic A -7 and Triton XL- 80N, while  a non conservation-grade alternative is Ivory Liquid Clear. Detergents with color, perfume, or additives should be avoided. Conservation grade detergents are highly concentrated, and a dilution ratio of 1:20 or 1 :20 is recommended. It is useful to have a plastic beaker in the sink at all times to provide a ready supply to dilute detergent.

Warm water is usually sufficient for cleaning. It is not a good idea to subject glass to rapid changes in temperature, and there is little need for very hot or cold water. If grime deposits are stubborn, alternative cleaning agents may be necessary. No glass of any kind should be placed in the dishwasher

As far as techniques go there are a number of methods based on the characteristics of the glass, please consult Mr. Koobs book for further details. Additionally, Mr. Koobs' post on How to Clean Pyrex is available on our blog, which contains some general glass cleaning tips. If you wish to borrow copies of library items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library will lend designated books from its collection and will send copies of articles requested by other libraries. Your library can request items through the OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system or by direct request through email at For more information, please see our ILL website.