Keeping your YiXing Teapots in Good Condition
  
Cleaning tea leaves from a YiXing teapot

After tea brewing, extract all tea leaves from your YiXing teapots. Rinse teapots with hot water to wash away all tea inside the teapots. Wipe teapots with soft fabric to get rid of all water. Then leave teapots in shade to dry. Remember, NEVER use soap or detergent in the process. 

More info > See demonstration of cleaning a YiXing teapot

Do not leave tea leaves in YiXing teapots hoping that more tea would be absorbed by the teapots that way. By doing so, you run the risk of turning your YiXing teapots into mushroom farms. In fact, overnight tea is no good because unhealthy substances from tea would be released after prolong period of soaking. If any acidic or smelly substances develop, they will sink into your YiXing teapots.

YiXing teapots are not only to be kept at a distance and be admired. You have to play with them and touch and rub them with your hands often. ZiSha clay, like jade, gains it's shine from your touching and rubbing. A well "loved" YiXing teapot has a better glow than a less "loved" YiXing teapot even if they are start our with the same ZiSha. Such glow plays a big part in determining a YiXing teapot's value.

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