September 25, 2015Some Cleaning Tips For Vintage Pyrex
With the popularity of vintage Pyrex growing as a collectible, I am sure a lot of us have come across pieces that looked like they’ve seen better days. I’ve got a couple of dos and don’ts for you to help you rescue some of the pieces that you find, and keep them looking great.
We’ve all come across pieces like this, I am sure – lots of icky stuff caked and baked on, dish soap doesn’t seem to touch it. You can see my secret weapon for this peeking out of the corner here – oven cleaner! I personally use the fume free, it’s taken care of any gunky Pyrex I’ve found; I’ve also heard that the non-fume free works even better, keep that in mind of you’ve got particularly tough gunk.
So, all you will need to do is completely cover your dish with oven cleaner …
And cover with some plastic bags and leave it to sit. A few hours is minimum, I often leave my pieces overnight (which is what I did with this one).
It will come out looking like this – but now all you’ve got to do is wipe.
The gunk will come right off!
Here’s my freshly cleaned dish, looking brand new! This method also works great for vintage Corningware.
A couple of other things I would like to mention – First off, no dishwasher!! The horribly damaged, cloudy, missing paint Pyrex that you see is almost always due to dishwashers. Although todays soaps are much less harsh than the soaps from back then, it’s still not worth the risk. Especially if you have items with gold on them. Secondly, be careful of Barkeeper’s Friend! There are quite a few recommendations out there for using Barkeeper’s Friend for removing utensil marks, hard water buildup, etc from vintage Pyrex. Although it will work, it is very harsh, it will also often take the paint right off of the dish, especially if there’s gold design. For utensil marks, metal polish is a far better alternative, and a vinegar soak is great for getting rid of hard water buildup. I’ve seen examples where people have accidentally taken the paint right off in their first swipe with Barkeeper’s Friend, so if you’re determined to try it, be careful!
Have a great weekend, everybody!