The quality of these teapot cleaning brushes is very nice – the wooden handles have been given a few simple but pleasing decorative ‘turns’ and the bristles are soft. Brushes such as these with soft bristles are used in China to ‘buff’ the surface of Yixing teapots after water has been poured over the teapots to maintain temperature during gong-fu style tea steeping. Brushing keeps water spots from forming on the surface of the teapots and, when used regularly, will, over time, contribute a nice polished shine to the surface of the clay. These brushes can also be used to remove bits of tea that stubbornly cling to the inside of the teapot after steeping. Rinse the brush with water and simply air dry after use.