How to care for your glass teapot

 

Firstly glass is not a porous material like ceramic or metal so if rinsed after each use there should be no build up of tannins that sometimes cause the discoloration found in teapots made with other materials. However if using regular tap water rather than filtered or spring water as preferred by most tea lovers you may find that the tap water in your area is heavy in calcium or lime and may over time leave a build up of white residue on the glass. In extreme cases this can be resolved with an application of CLR or Limeaway ,this is possible because being a glass teapot there is no absorption of flavors either from flavored teas or cleaning products .
Although glass teapots are dishwasher safe I personally do not recommend washing your glass teapot in the dishwasher the salts and abrasive agents in the dish washing detergent are too damaging for glassware have you not noticed how glass tumblers through repeated washing in a dishwasher even on the glass setting eventually become scratched or etched and
almost have a semi opaque look about them. You don't want this to be the eventual fate of your lovely and perhaps expensive glass teapot

How then should you clean your glass teapot ? always gently never with anything abrasive that may scratch either the inside or the outside of the pot. To remove any small marks left possibly by strong black tea when the pot has been left to stand and not rinsed immediately

Make a paste of baking soda and water, and rub not scrub with a soft cloth and rinse well.

Also suggested is vinegar crushed ice and table salt, swirl the mix around the pot for a while it should come clean.

If some Etching or Scratching has occurred to your glass teapot you may find that colored teas mainly fruit flavored teas that produce sometimes vividly colored brews or bright green Japanese tea powders leave colored deposits embedded in the scratches, a mixture of half bleach and half hot water with a squeeze of liquid dish soap can rectify this problem .

An alternative to this is Vinegar,boiling water and salt, don't scrub with it though , just swirl, the mixture should be half a cup of vinegar, a quarter cup of salt, and the rest boiling water to fill the teapot.Leave it to stand for several minutes then with a sponge soap pad give it a quick once over and then let it stand for a further fifteen to twenty minutes. Then wash as usual using dish washing liquid.

Another often suggested method is to fill the glass teapot with warm white vinegar and a squeeze of lemon, leave to soak for an hour or so then rinse well, repeat if necessary.

A glass teapot is is not only elegant but practical too. A glass teapot makes a wonderful gift on its own or as a focal point for a gift basket for any tea lover, and of course, it is a delightful way to enhance the beauty of your own daily cuppa, as a glass teapot lets you enjoy the full tea experience watch as the beautiful colors of your brewing tea develop while the swirling leaves unfold.
Glass fits almost any decor and makes an attractive centerpiece for any dinner table, the teapot itself will often become a great conversation starter, particularly when a flowering or blooming tea is served with in it . If you are already a blooming tea fan then you are already aware that only brewing the tea in glass will do. Choose a larger sized glass teapot for several dinner guests and for the full effect of some of the taller blooming tea displays.
If you are a tea lover who has never watched as your tea brews through the walls of a glass teapot increases your pleasure in your personal tea experience a hundred fold ,no real tea lover should have to go through life without a glass teapot so treat yourself to one soon.

 

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