Drying the inside of a glass decanter can be a challenge. Those of you who use a wine decanter regularly will relate well with this issue and have struggled with achieving the desired result. After you have cleaned your decanter I am sure many of you have come up with or seen an array of unique ways and attempts to remove water droplets and moisture from the bottom, unreachable parts of a decanter out of reach of your fingers and a drying cloth.
After cleaning a decanter, when it comes to drying, you cannot simply just stand it upright and air dry. The water inside and on the bottom of the decanter condenses and becomes trapped, and if combined with any wine residue eventually can discolour the glass. To help you to remove and dry a wine decanter regardless of its shape.
After cleaning, rinse the decanter with boiling water and then shake out as much water as possible and the heat will initiate and speed up the successful drying process. Drying a decanter after use is very important so as not to encourage water spots or worse, a film of calcium build-up from hard water. One way being used more frequently is to purchase a decanter dryer, which are long thin tubes of gauze filled with silica gel or some other desiccant - the crystals contained within the muslin sleeve will have absorbed every last drop.
Simply hang one from the decanter’s neck and overnight the decanter will be perfectly dry. This avoids spoiling the decanter by preventing water droplets drawing lead out of the crystal, turning it opaque - the reason why so many decanters become cloudy in appearance. The crystals turn from blue to pink when saturated, showing that they need regenerating - this is simply done in a microwave or under a low heat in an oven. The Decanter Dryer Crystals are therefore reusable time and time again.
However for some who don’t use their decanter often, these can be an unnecessary expense, despite their re-usability. Another relatively successful way to dry a decanter after use is to make a wick or twisted tight roll of thick paper-towel and feeding it into the decanter so it touches the bottom and leave for a good period of time, even overnight - if the decanter still has moisture, repeat the process with new dry paper-towel - try not to lose the end of the paper towel, as it can be difficult to grab and remove if it falls to the bottom a large decanter with a very narrow neck.
Many wine enthusiasts at home and restaurants use a Decanter Drying Stand. Leaving the decanter face up to dry, the drops on the bottom of the decanter are impossible to remove. But turning a decanter upside down can be precarious (I have seen many staff try and balance decanters on top of warm coffee machines), but this becomes much easier if you use a decanter drying stand. The drying stand allows all drops to dry spot-free, while balancing the decanter from falling over and breaking.
A drying stand is useful for getting a spot-free finish, the decanter drying stand can be nickel plated, stainless steel and with a silicone cap at the top of the stem to protect the decanter from slipping or scratches.
Another option for home decanter users is for those lucky enough to have an airing cupboard - you can place them upside down on the stand in an airing cupboard overnight to remove any moisture. If you need to quickly dry water, moisture in a very short space of time - I have known friends to use a warm hair blow-dryer, used well away from the sink and water, to dry the inside of a decanter.
Or you can use - recently available, the EISCH Decanter Dryer Brush (shown below) - whereby you use the tube to insert the cloth towel brush into the narrow neck of a decanter and the cloth fingers open up inside, able to touch all areas and by twisting, spinning the handle in your hands you can effectively dry and polish the inside of your decanter.