Your Bamboo Plate: Care and Maintenance
Following these quick and easy care instructions will keep your Bamboo Plate sanitary and new looking and will extend its use.
Wash with warm water and a little soap. Note that while soap is necessary, it is the scrubbing action with water that helps flush bacteria and food particles off the plate. Towel dry and then stand upright for a while in a well-ventilated area.
Treat your plate approximately once per month by rubbing coarse salt over the surface and then rubbing with a sliced lemon. Then rinse well with warm water.
We also recommend that you oil your plates once a month. See oiling instructions below.
Stains or smells
If your plate begins to stain or smell, neutralise by rubbing with lemon juice, baking soda or white vinegar
- Do not put your plate in the dishwasher. This will warp and splinter the bamboo.
- Do not leave your plate standing in water. The bamboo will absorb water and potentially warp.
- Do not leave your plate to dry flat, as uneven drying could cause warping – always leave to dry upright, after towel drying.
- Do not put in microwave.
Similarly to other natural kitchen equipment, oiling your Bamboo Plate occasionally will help to prevent it from drying out and will extend it’s use.
Our supplier recommends fractionated coconut oil. You could also use food grade beeswax or mineral oil – available in kitchenware stores.
- Be sure your plates are as clean as possible (eg after a salt and lemon scrub) and thoroughly dry.
- Rub the oil in an even layer over the bamboo using a clean soft cloth or paper towel.
- Leave the oil to soak in, overnight if possible, or for at least a few hours.
- Remove the excess oil. If the plates feel oily or sticky, buff off any remaining oil with a clean dry cloth or paper towel.
Our supplier recommends oiling once per month, based on daily use. For occasional use, once every few months would be sufficient.