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Wood pulp is the base component of melamine dinnerware. Imagine a tree that hasn’t been watered in ages. Its branches would be weak, brittle, and break more easily than if it was properly watered.
Melamine dinnerware acts much the same when it’s frequently microwaved or exposed to temperatures hotter than 160°F. The thirsty material will eventually brown, become brittle and break, chip, or crack long before its normal service life should be up.
Dried out melamine dinnerware can have a legitimate impact on operations:
- Shortened service life from premature breaking, chipping, or cracking can be an unnecessary added expense
- Your brand equity may suffer if guests are served on unappealing plateware
- Your dishes won’t be covered under some manufacturers’ warranties
When it’s properly cared for, melamine typically lasts several years, but frequent microwaving will take it out of service before its time. That’s just an unnecessary cost for foodservice operators, and we truly want you to get the most out of your investment.