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Although it is good to use a purple sand tea pot to make tea, tea scale will accumulate. In the process of keeping the pot, due to frequent brewing, tea scale will inevitably remain in the pot.

Picture and Words | The Rhyme of the Sand Sea

The sand sea is vast and boundless, like an infinite mystery.
The ripples on the desert sparkle in the setting sun.
The wind rustles through the grains of sand, creating a soft melody.
The rolling dunes cast shadows under a deep blue sky.
Time is frozen in this ancient realm, free from all worries and strife.
A timeless beauty that will never be forgotten in our hearts.

There is a story about a rich man who, by chance, saw an old pot passed down from a farmer’s family. He offered an enticing high price for it and set a date to come and get it the next day.

The simple farmer saw the Purple Sand Pot was quite dirty so he brushed it clean. Surprisingly, the rich man rejected it the next day after seeing the cleaned pot, since he wanted to buy tea stains from many years of accumulation.

Many pot friends also have this idea in the story, believing that tea scale is the essence of accumulated over time. With this layer of tea scale, even if white water is poured into a purple sand pot, a faint smell of tea still comes out after pouring.

The fact is, tea residue that’s not washed easily breeds bacteria, which is bad for the body. So, how can we clean the kettle without washing off the patina?

To clean a kettle, here are some easy steps:
1. Fill the kettle with equal parts white vinegar and water.
2. Place the kettle on the stove and bring it to a boil.
3. Turn off the heat and let the vinegar solution steep for about 15 minutes.
4. Empty out all of the vinegar-water solution and rinse the kettle well with warm water.
5. For further cleaning, fill your kettle up halfway with water, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and then fill until the top with more water.
6. Boil this mixture and let steep for 10 minutes before emptying out completely and rinsing your kettle well again with warm water.

Many pottery lovers have developed a wrapping method, but are reluctant to spend a lot of time washing the pottery for fear of washing away the wrapping. Below is a tutorial on how to clean the tea scale on the inner walls of the purple sand pot without damaging the wrapping.

The first step is to …

Add one spoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) into a kettle and fill it with 100 degree boiled water (note to not forget to pre-heat the kettle). Make sure the water is full before closing the lid of the kettle.

Step Two: Take action to achieve your goal.

Wait for about two or three minutes, and with a pot cloth or soft brush, lightly brush the inside of the teapot. You will see the tea scale turn into yellow water flowing out, and the cleaned teapot is as bright as new.

If the first time doesn’t feel thorough, you can soak it for a bit longer and brush it again, but make sure you use a soft brush or cloth in order to not damage the pot.

Note: In order not to damage the glaze, when we boil water, we can only soak the alkaline water in the kettle like making tea, instead of submerging it in a large container full of alkaline water to prevent affecting the glaze effect on the outside of the kettle.

Precautions:

Take the necessary precautions to ensure safety and proper care of yourself and others. Follow safety instructions provided by experts and always wear protective equipment when appropriate. Follow the rules and regulations of the area you are in, respect local customs, and be aware of any potential risks or dangers.

After each maintenance, it is necessary to remember to wipe the outside wall of the purple sand pot clean, otherwise there may be flower planting in the pot, and there will be different shades of color.

Some people may wipe the purple sand pottery every time, but they are not timely in cleaning and maintaining it. If they wait for more than half a day, it may be too late.

Actually, a purple sand pot also needs to rest. Continuous and uninterrupted soaking will keep it in a wet state, unable to dry completely, and easily breed bacteria. In general, it should be allowed to rest for two or three days after using it for a few days.