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Top Teapot Care Tips to Make Them Last Longer

In order to keep your teapot looking its best for years to come, it's important to know how to care for it. Whether you have a glass teapot or a bone china teapot we've got the top care tips you want to know.

Caring for a glass teapot

Glass teapots are more durable than most people think, although there are still some important care tips to consider. The glass that teapots are made from is durable in order for it to be able to stand extreme temperatures, but there are a few precautions you should always take. For instance, if your glass teapot has been stored in a cold place, let it warm up a bit first before brewing tea. Once you have finished with the teapot, don't immerse it immediately in cold water or place in a cold area.

A good idea is pour a small amount of water from the kettle into the empty pot just before the water reaches boiling point. Swirling the water around and pouring out will allow the teapot to warm up sufficiently before pouring the boiling water in.

By following these simple steps your glass teapot should last for many years to come.

Caring for a silver teapot or stainless steel teapot

Silver teapots look elegant and make wonderful heirlooms. They can often however seem like the hardest to maintain. The best way to clean a silver tea pot is to fill it with hot water and gentle cleaning agents. Use a bottle brush to clean in the spout. Once you have cleaned the inside, using a regular metal polish will make your teapot shine.

When your teapot is not in use, it should be stored in a plastic bag in a dark place if it is not used on a daily or weekly basis. This will restrict it's contact with the air and prevent subsequent tarnishing. Another tip is to put a cube of sugar in it with the lid open to prevent the stale smell that they can often develop.

Stainless steel teapots can be cleaned well by using baking soda and boiling water. Leave the teapot to stand then rinse, drain and dry.

Caring for a bone china teapot

Bone china teapots are always so decorative and perfect for afternoon and morning tea parties. They have a certain charm about them.

To keep your bone china tea set in mint condition, when not in use it should be stored away, firstly by being wrapped in non-dyed, acid-free paper and then bubble wrap. This will protect it from humidity, insects and dust.

Bone china cannot be washed in a dishwasher so it is important that it is carefully hand washed. It is advised that they are not submerged in water but rather wiped over with a warm cloth that has a small amount of mild detergent for gentle cleaning. Once you have done this simply wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry.

Caring for your ceramic teapot

Ceramic teapots are easy to clean and maintain in a few easy steps. Firstly, they should always be hand washed to avoid damage. Fill your sink with warm water and mild detergent and gently clean with a cloth, rinse and dry.

By following these simple care and cleaning tips, your teapot will look its very best for many years to come.

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