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Glass teaware is a common and practical item in daily life. Each product has its grade classification. For example, glass teaware, how should we distinguish the good from bad?

How to Distinguish the Quality of Glass Tea Sets

See the color and luster.

When purchasing glass teaware, we should first look at its color. Every different material has a different reflection of its color. There are mainly three types of glass teaware: soda-lime glass, crystal glass and borosilicate glass. These three materials have a transparent color, the difference lies in which material has higher transmittance, while the transparency of the glass itself is very high. Some glass teaware can be seen by naked eyes if its material is transparent or not; thus, when selecting, we can observe the color of the teaware with our naked eyes.

Weighing the weight

When purchasing, in addition to looking, we should also pick up and feel the weight of it because different tea sets have different materials and thus different weights. For glass tea sets, the lighter ones are usually made of borosilicate glass, while those heavier ones are usually made of soda-lime glass. Crystal glasses are light to the touch but highly transparent, giving an elegant look. Therefore, when choosing a tea set, we should learn to feel the weight.

Identifying Materials

Furthermore, the material of glass teaware needs to be identified. There are three kinds of glass teaware materials: sodium-calcium glass, crystal glass and borosilicate glass.

Sodium-Calcium Glass: It is thick and has a sense of touch. The cup is crystal clear and the shape is variable. It is lead-free, can be electroplated and hand painted, economically affordable and highly plasticity.

Crystal Glass: It feels light, with high hardness, strong transparency, high appreciation value and long sound. The density of crystal material is high which does not absorb the taste of tea and will not affect the original flavor of tea.

Borosilicate Glass: Light in feel, with the most important feature being heat resistance. It can be heated directly or disinfected with large temperature difference it can bear.

Is it convenient?

When selecting glass teaware, we should actually try it out to see if it is comfortable to use. Pay attention to this issue when buying, especially when choosing a lid. Generally, the lid could be hot when using due to improper handling or wrong selection. We should notice this problem in the initial selection process, so that there won’t be any burning sensation during subsequent usage. Therefore, when shopping for glassware, pay attention to whether or not it is comfortable to use.

Glassware Use and Maintenance Methods:
1. Glassware should be washed before use with water or a neutral detergent.
2. Do not use steel wire brushes or other hard objects to clean glassware, otherwise the surface of the glass will be scratched easily.
3. Avoid heating the empty glass container directly over an open flame to prevent the glass from cracking due to uneven temperature expansion.
4. To avoid breakage during cleaning, do not turn the container upside down when rinsing off liquid in it; instead, carefully tilt it to one side and gently tap it on something soft so that the liquid flows out slowly and evenly.
5. After use, rinse it with a detergent solution as soon as possible and dry it well with a soft cloth before storage; if stained, soak in hot water for 20 minutes and scrub lightly with a soft brush before rinsing it off thoroughly with water.

Glassware such as fruit plates, cold dish cutlery, water jugs, coffee pots, glass teapots and tea sets used at home can easily get dirty. Generally, after using these glass products, cleaning them with detergent is enough.

If the time of use is long and the accumulated stains are many, use a fine cloth to dip in washing powder and scrub repeatedly, or dip a fine cloth in warm vinegar and wipe it off, which will make the stain removal effect better. If there are not many stains on the tea pot and coffee pot, put the used tea dregs into the bottle.

Pour in half a bottle of water, close the cap tightly. If there is no cap, you can block the bottle mouth with your hand and shake it up and down to wash away the dirt inside the bottle. This will achieve a good cleaning effect. After the dirt is gone, rinse it with clear ice for a clean finish and it will be as good as new. Glass cups and teapots that have been used to make tea often accumulate a layer of brown tea scale, which is difficult to clean.

If you gently scrub with a damp cloth with a small amount of toothpaste, or with a little baking soda water, it will quickly clean without damaging the surface. You may also scrub with salt for good results as well.