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How many years can a purple sand pot be used for? Does the purple sand pot have a life span? There is no limit to the number of years that a purple sand pot can be used, as long as it is not broken. If it is well maintained, it can last forever.
What will affect the life of a purple clay teapot?
One, fall down.
Purple clay teapots are especially afraid of being dropped.
For ceramics products, once broken, it will not be able to recover to its original state – even if using glaze filling or gold plating to repair a smashed purple clay pot, only the remaining fragments will be beautiful. So how do we prevent it from breaking?
When pouring tea, press the spout button or lid of the kettle with the other hand to prevent sudden movement.
During the process of pouring tea, one must not let go of the teapot; many times, the lid dropping off is caused when pouring tea.
Beware of imitating the tricks of the pot seller, such as covering it up or flipping it over. These are all deceptive tricks. Don’t accidentally ruin your beloved pot and suffer losses.
As much as possible, put it in a high place or cabinet, somewhere that children cannot reach, and do not let people with rough hands and feet such as Ma Dahai touch the kettle.
People who like to play with purple sand teapots know that after long-term use, the surface of the teapot will have a layer of implicit and restrained luster, commonly known as “wraping”.
However, it needs to be understood that the “wrapping mud” of purple sand pot is very different from what we usually understand as “greasy”.
Moreover, the strong adsorption of purple sand pot is also afraid of smoke and oil. Therefore, it cannot be coated with various oils to make the purple sand pot look more glossy.
The luster of a purple clay teapot is cultivated, not applied.
Once a purple sand pot is contaminated with grease, it is prone to produce “theft light” and easily cultivate pots with floral patterns. Neither the inside nor the outside of the pot should be contaminated with oil.
Each time of a tea ceremony, it is necessary to clean hands before making tea. Firstly, it prevents the tea from being polluted by external odors; secondly, it maintains the teapot in good condition.
In the process of drinking tea, it is essential to gently caress the teapot with clean hands.
One more point: In most households, the kitchen is where the most oil fumes accumulate; therefore, to keep your purple clay teapot well hydrated, it is key to keep it away from the kitchen.
The aforementioned has been stated, the adsorption of purple sand teapots is very strong; besides being able to absorb oil easily, Purple Sand Teapots also absorb flavors easily.
Strong suction power is a good thing for brewing tea and keeping warm; however, it must be avoided if there are any impurities or unpleasant odors.
Therefore, purple sand pot must be kept away from places like kitchen and bathroom with strong smell.
I strongly suggest that you do not use chemical detergent for cleaning and absolutely do not use dishwashing liquid or chemical detergent to scrub the purple sand pot.
Not only will it wash away the tea flavor absorbed by the teapot, but it will also erase the luster of the teapot’s outer surface, so it should absolutely be avoided.
If you must clean it, it is suggested to use edible baking soda for cleaning.
Five, Polishing Cloth or Steel Wool
When the purple sand pot is stained, do not use a polishing cloth or steel balls containing diamond sand to clean it. Although these things can clean quickly, they can easily damage the surface structure of the pot, leaving scratches and affecting its aesthetics.
The best tool is a cotton cloth, and even with these tools there is no need for brute force.
Some purple sand pots are available. The shape of the pot is relatively complex and it is not easy to handle the patterns when cleaning. A toothbrush with wave pattern can be used for processing.
Six, big temperature difference.
Generally when making tea, water at 80 to 100 degrees is used; in addition, the firing temperature of a general purple sand teapot is between 1050 and 1200 degrees.
However, one point needs special attention. If there is a sudden temperature change (from cold to hot or vice versa) in a short time, some purple clay teapots may easily burst (especially the thin-walled ones).
Therefore, the unused purple sand pot can be kept at room temperature rather than in the refrigerator for freshness or in the microwave for disinfection.
Seven, Sun Exposure
When a purple-clay teapot is usually in use, it is usually in a state of large temperature change, but due to its somewhat porous construction, there are generally no effects.
But one thing to note is that you should try to avoid placing the teapot in direct sunlight, otherwise it will have an effect on the luster of the pot body.
After cleaning the teapot, it is not necessary to put it in the sun to dry. It should not be dried by baking either. Just leave it in a cool environment to air dry naturally.
How to extend the life of a purple clay teapot?
Where is the best place to put a purple clay teapot?
Purple sand teapots should never be kept in a storage cabinet for a long time, and should not be placed with other objects, as purple sand is afraid of being “contaminated” and is very delicate, easily absorbing other odors by “seduction”, which makes the tea taste strange when brewed.
If placed in an area that is too damp or dry, it is not good for the purple clay pot, which can easily affect the smell and luster of the purple clay pot.
Additionally, purple sand pots are fragile items. If there are children in the house, be sure to place your beloved purple sand pot in a safe place.
Once broken, it can be repaired, but there will always be a scar. Do you agree?
Two, only one pot of tea for one kind.
Some people, in order to save time and effort, often take the used tea leaves of Tieguanyin after brewing, throw away the residue in the pot, rinse it with water, then brew Pu’er tea.
However, it’s not correct to do it this way! Because the air holes on the purple sand pot are filled with the taste of Tie Guan Yin. Although Tie Guan Yin loves to be clean, it prefers Pu’er, the “black iron head,” and when they meet each other, they intermingle their flavors!
For this reason, we generally suggest “one pot for one use”, that is, a purple sand pot only for one kind of tea.
Since too many varieties of tea can easily interfere the taste and affect the feeling of drinking tea, it will also have an effect on the luster of the purple sand pot.
Third, the frequency of use should be appropriate.
For some old tea drinkers, drinking tea all day long may be nothing strange; On the other hand, for friends who have not been drinking tea for a long time, they may not have developed a regular habit of drinking tea yet.
If you use a purple sand teapot to make tea, it is recommended that you keep a certain frequency of making tea and do it persistently.
If the frequency of tea brewing is too low, the purple clay teapot will easily become too dry, and if it is used too frequently, it will always be in a humid environment. If handled improperly, it may have an unpleasant smell.
Therefore, if you are going to keep a teapot, it is best to maintain the frequency of “once a day.”
Four, use hot water instead of cold water.
A purple sand pot, from the completion of the firing, it is suggested that from opening the pot to brewing, cleaning and other processes, cold water should not be used. The reason is that most of the water without boiling has a harder water quality and more impurities, which is not suitable for lubricating the pot and making tea.
Only using hot water instead of cold water to maintain the teapot can keep the temperature of the teapot more stable, which is beneficial for making tea.
In general, there is no limit on the number of years a purple clay teapot can be used. A true fan will take good care of it and extend its life!