What is a Melamine Plate?
Since many of the plates in our picnic baskets, picnic backpacks or wine & cheese sets are made with melamine we thought it would be nice to provide you with an explanation of what melamine is and how to care for your melamine plates.
Melamine is a thermosetting plastic that is strong, lightweight and hard, but it is NOT unbreakable, it can be scratched or broken. Melamine is often used for dinnerware, mixing bowls and laminated counter tops because it resists acids, alkalis and most food stains. Melamine is hard and smooth and can withstand some fairly warm temperatures, but it does absorb heat and will soften if it gets too hot so cannot be used in microwave ovens. Also, be sure to avoid exposure to hot objects or prolonged exposure to boiling water.
Melamine Care Instructions:
Wash your plates by hand or in dishwasher. Do NOT use scouring powder as it will scratch surface. Stains may be removed with commercial cleaners made especially for melamine dinnerware.