Since we’re just a few weeks shy of the Spring season, the timing couldn’t be better for some proper wine cellar cleaning. After all, you’d want to keep your precious wine collection in the ideal environment. That means ensuring the right humidity and temperature levels in your wine cellar. But that’s not all. You also need to make sure that your wine storage is dust, critter, and mold-free. So we’re here to share these helpful Spring cleaning tips with everyone:
Dusting might be the simplest cleaning task, but we have to emphasize how important it is. It’s all about removing unwanted particles from your wine racks, wine bottles, and other wine cellar furniture. The key to dusting is to do it as thoroughly as possible. For wine racks, shelves and cabinets, make sure to remove all the contents first. Also, take the the time to dust down your wine bottles individually. If you have a large collection, you can ask a family member or friend to help out. You can also do the dusting in batches (like allotting time for it on weekends). In case you need to use a damp rag for stubborn dust particles, don’t forget to wipe off excess moisture before replacing the bottle on the rack.
Whether you have wood or metal wine racks or a combination of both, occasional polishing will help keep them in great shape. Unlike dusting, you only have to do this occasionally. You wouldn’t want to strip your wood wine racks of their natural colors. The same is true for the metal racking units. Make sure to select the right kind of polish for the material you have. Prior to the actual polishing, you need to make sure your racks are free of dust. Once the job is done, let the racks air-dry before replacing the bottles.
Your wineglasses and other glassware should be cleaned immediately after use. For those that you don’t use often, you still have to observe proper upkeep. While you can use the dishwasher for this purpose, it’s not recommended for quality glassware. Washing by hand is the best way to prevent unnecessary damage. Hold your glasses by the stem while cleaning. Note that the top of the wineglass is more delicate than the bottom. Next, rinse the wineglasses with warm running water. Apply a small amount of soap to a sponge and scrub the glass inside and out. We recommend using a long-handled sponge, instead of putting your hand inside the wineglass. Lastly, give your wineglasses a final rinse and dry. ^_^