There are many tea lovers who love to buy or use Yixing clay teapots. But not everyone knows how to protect the teapot. Many tea lovers broke their pots or lids while they received or used them or the tea had a peculiar smell with the teapots, or the teapots just cracked without knowing why, etc. So do you know What Yixing clay teapots are most afraid of?
Afraid of falling
Yixing clay teapots are particularly afraid of falling. For ceramic products, once they are broken, they cannot be restored to their original appearance, even if the broken teapots are repaired by curium porcelain. Then how to avoid this?
For the convenience and safety of transport, teapots will be protected with a large number of bubble bags, in addition to its own box. While receiving the teapots, please handle and open it carefully.
When pouring tea, press on the finial or lid of teapot with one finger. Don’t randomly imitate small tricks such as cut off water, stand upside down and etc. Put them in a high place, or in a cabinet, which keep out of reach of children.
Afraid of oil
People who love Yixing clay teapot know that after a long time, the surface will have a layer of implicit luster, known as “Bao Jiang- Patina of Yixing teapot”. But we need to understand that the “Bao Jiang” of Yixing clay teapot is very different from the “oily” we usually understand.
Zisha teapot is also very afraid of lampblack, once the teapot is contaminated with lampblack, it is easy to emit fake light and easy to raise a pot with speckles. Every time before brewing, we need to clean our hands to avoid affecting the taste of tea and to maintain the clean of teapot. It is necessary to rub the teapot with clean hands while drinking tea.
But there is one more thing, kitchen is very smoky and oily, so teapots should not be put in the kitchen.
Afraid of smell
Yixing clay teapot has strong adsorption capacity, which can not only absorb the lampblack easily, but also absorb the smell. Strong adsorption capacity is originally a good thing for Yixing clay teapot, but it must avoid the bad and unusual smell. Therefore, it must be far away from the kitchen, toilet and other odorous places.
Afraid of detergent
It is strongly recommended that you do not use chemical detergent to clean the teapot. The dish soap or detergent can not only wash off the tea aroma that teapot has absorbed, but also ruin the gloss of the surface of teapot. If your teapot needs washing, you can just use baking soda.
Afraid of fine abrasive cloth, polishing cloth or brushes with metal bristles
Do not remove stains by fine abrasive cloth, polishing cloth or brushes with metal bristles. Although with these things we can remove the stains quickly, it is easy to destroy the surface of the teapot. The best tools are cotton cloth and soft nylon brush, even with these tools you can’t use brute force.
Afraid of large temperature difference
Usually we brew tea with 80℃ to 100℃ water and the firing temperature of Zisha clay teapot is between 1050℃ to 1200℃. Therefore, under normal circumstances, Zisha clay teapot has excellent high temperature performance.
It is worth noting that if the temperature difference is too large in a short time (thermal shock), some Zisha teapot is easy to crack (especially some Zhuni teapot). Therefore, you do not need to store it at the refrigerator or put it in the microwave for high-temperature disinfection, and just place it at room temperature. When using teapot in winter, you can preheat it with warm water to make it adapt to the temperature change.
Avoid excessive exposure to the sun
While using Zisha teapot, we should try to avoid putting the teapot directly in the sun, otherwise it will have a certain impact on the luster of the surface of teapot.
Each time after using and cleaning the teapot, you neither need to dry it in the sun, nor dry it with the dryer. Just simply leave it in a cool place.
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