Whether this is your first bamboo purchase or you are adding to an extensive collection, using bamboo cooking utensils and gadgets is a great choice! Bamboo is an incredible resource as it is naturally replenishable and grows at a much faster rate than other wood. It is extremely light weight, yet strong and durable. Bamboo is 16-percent stronger than maple and 33-percent lighter than oak. Bamboo is the perfect substance for food preparation as it won't scratch your pots and pans and it has natural antibacterial properties. Bamboo Folding Dish Rack Constructed of high quality, ecologically friendly bamboo Will not scratch pots or pans Makes a great housewarming gift Care instructions: Hand wash with mild soap and warm water. Dry thoroughly. Periodically, coat with mineral oil to bring out the beautiful bamboo grain. Not recommended for dishwasher or microwave use. Prolonged soaking is not recommended.