How to look after your teapot
Over time, your teapot can become stained by traces of theanine from your infusions.
To look after your teapot, and make sure it will serve you for many years, you will need to show it some good old-fashioned tender loving care. Regardless of whether your teapot is made of cast iron, glass, silver, porcelain, or even if you’ve got a modern electric teapot, good cleaning and storage habits are the best way to guarantee a long and healthy lifespan.
How to clean your teapot
Rinsing your teapot
My first recommendation is to rinse your teapot thoroughly using clear hot water after each use then leave it to dry. Just remove the lid and leave it out in the open air. Be sure to check that it’s perfectly dry before storing it away.
A little hint: it’s best to avoid letting water or tea sit for too long in your teapot, as this may stain the inside walls.
However, don’t worry if your teapot does become stained: there are plenty of ways to give it a thorough clean. Depending on the type of teapot you have, you can use a variety of natural products such as white vinegar, lemon juice or bicarbonate of soda.
Here are my tried and tested recipes to effectively clean your teapot:
Remove the traces of theanine
- Apply 1 or 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda on the stained areas
- Leave it to work for 5 minutes
- Delicately rub it with a clean, damp cloth
- Give your teapot a thorough rinse
- Leave it to dry naturally
Get rid of smells
- Fill your teapot with boiling water
- Drop a few slices of lemon
- Leave it for 24 hours
Clean your silver teapot
- Pour boiling water into your teapot
- Chop a lemon into four, and drop one of the quarters into the teapot
- Leave it for 20 minutes
What about electric teapots?
There’s an argument saying that electric teapots need more care and attention than all of the other models put together, so it’s vital not to neglect them. Indeed, they need to be cleaned on a daily basis to guarantee their longevity. All you need is hot water, white vinegar or lemon. And always give your machine a good rinse afterwards.
You may also choose to use Cafetto teapot cleaner or wipes to remove any marks from the stainless steel areas.
However, the part of your electric teapot that needs the most attention is the heating element. I strongly advise you regularly descale it. To do so, you just need to get your hands on a descaling product that’s suitable for your teapot (whether it is made of plastic, stainless steel, glass, or another material).
Where to store your teapot
Where you choose to store your teapot is very important (and no, we’re not exaggerating!). You must make sure that you keep your teapot away from any pungent smells, because it will actually absorb odours over time. It is best to avoid storing your teapot in the kitchen, and try to find a more neutral environment for it (living room, pantry, etc…). Take the lid off your teapot before storing it so it can “breathe” and avoid the build-up of any moisture inside. But there’s no need to panic if you forget to remove the lid and traces of moisture appear: you just need to put boiling water through your teapot a few times, and it will be as good as new!
A little hint: If you know you’re not going to use your teapot for a little while, leave a few tea leaves in it to prevent any humidity.
That’s just about all there is to know about looking after your teapot. No excuses now: time to get to work!