If you’ve purchased placemats and coasters with cork backing, you probably know that you have the best quality placemats set. But even if the quality is impeccable, proper care is still critical to keep them in good shape for as long as possible. Here are six dos and don’ts to follow when caring for your placemats and coasters with cork backing.
Don’t Put Placemats and Coasters With Cork Backing in a Dishwasher
While some placemats and coasters may be dishwasher-safe, placemats and coasters with cork backing are not suitable for the dishwasher. The cork can easily disintegrate under the high water pressure of the dishwasher. Machine washing is convenient and works well for many kitchen items, but it won’t serve you well in the long run when it comes to cork-backed items.
Wipe Placemats and Coasters With Cork Backing by Hand
When your cork placemats and coasters get dirty, simply wipe them with a damp (not wet) sponge. Add some gentle dish soap to the cloth if you need to clean them even more thoroughly. After you’re finished wiping them, let your placemats and coasters air dry then stack for the next time you want to use them.
Don’t Submerge Placemats and Coasters with Cork Backing in Water
Although you may be used to submerging dishes in water when you wash by hand, your placemats and coasters are different: their cork backing will last the longest if you keep them dry as much as possible. Water can leak into the edges, staining underneath the design so wipe with care.
Do Be Gentle
Even though your placemats and coasters may be made from durable materials, you should still be gentle with them. When you wipe your coasters and placemats, it’s better to use a damp cloth than a wet sponge or rough dish brush. Rubbing the cork placemats and coasters too hard with a rough rag could damage the design. Handle your placemats and coasters with as much care as you can, and they will serve you well!
Don’t Use Your Placemats Set as Cutting Boards or Hot Plate Boards
When you see the sturdy nature of your new placemat set, you may be tempted to use them like cutting boards or to place a hot pot. Unfortunately, corkboard is unlikely to withstand a knife or a pot/dish from the stove. If you cut anything on your placemats, you’ll most likely leave scratches behind. Overly hot items will bubble and blister the design. Use your cutting boards for their intended use and use your placemats for their intended use.
Do Purchase the Best Quality Placemats and Coasters to Begin With
When you follow all these care instructions, you will be helping your placemats and coasters last as long as possible. If you start with the best of the best, your placemats set and coasters will last longer. My Hygge Home has only the best of the best for coasters and placemats with thick cork backing. Because they are available online, it’s easy to browse all the options and find the ones that are best suited to your needs. Place your order today!