How to Clean a Cupcake Stand

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Nearly all cupcake stands can be reused if you handle them carefully and wash them the right way. Reusing your cupcake stand doesn’t just save you money; it’s also environmentally friendly! To be sure you give your cupcake stand the proper care, follow these handy tips.

  • Cardboard Stands are the most difficult to clean, as the material can easily become damaged by water. For best results, scrape off any icing and crumbs with a spatula. Wet a cloth with water and a very small amount of dish soap, wring out the cloth and then wipe down the stand. Then, use a second cloth that is moistened by only water to wipe the stand a second time. Follow up by thoroughly drying the stand with an absorbent cotton towel. It’s crucial that you don’t allow any water to remain on the stand, so you may even want to towel the stand down twice with two fresh linens.
  • Laminated Foam Cupcake Stands should never be submerged in water, but they are more waterproof than cardboard cupcake stands. You can clean your stand by wiping it with a wet soapy rag and drying it with a dish towel. Avoid scraping a laminated foam cupcake stand as this could damage the coating. Instead, use gentle scrubbing actions with your cloth to remove any icing and tip the stand over a garbage can to remove crumbs.
  • Acrylic and Metal Cupcake Stands can also be submerged in water; however, these stands can become scratched, so clean the tiers one at a time. Only use a cloth or a sponge on acrylic and metal, never a scouring pad or scrub brush. Make sure to thoroughly dry metal stands to prevent rust.

Keep in mind that these are basic tips. Always read the inserts that come with your cupcake stand and follow any special advice given by the manufacturer. If you have any questions about how to care for one of the stands sold here at Totally Cupcake, feel free to contact us.

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