You’ve bought your little one a wooden mud kitchen, but now you may wonder - how do I care for it? Don’t worry we’re here to help! We’ve answered some common questions about mud kitchen care and the best way to use them below. Take a look at some of our top tips for keeping your mud kitchen in excellent condition!
Can I use compost in a mud kitchen?
You may be surprised to know that compost isn’t the best mud to use for a mud kitchen. It actually has a different texture from mud and doesn’t mix well with water or sand, which are components often also used in mud kitchen creations.
What mud is best for a mud kitchen?
The best mud you can use (which also happens to be the cleanest) is topsoil! It’s the closest you’ll get to garden mud if you don’t have a patch of garden to get some mud from.
Can mud kitchens stay outside?
Mud kitchens are made to be played with outside, of course as the name gives away - they get muddy! If you’re not using your mud kitchen that often, or not at all over the winter period, it is worth shielding kitchens from the elements. Putting your mud kitchen when not in use in a garage or shed with decent airflow is ideal. If that’s not an option, covering with a tarpaulin is a good alternative, but make sure the kitchen is dry before being covered.
How do I keep my mud kitchen clean?
Mud kitchens are made to get messy, but once the fun is over it’s helpful to wash down the mud kitchen to remove any residual mud that may remain. This also helps to dry out the timber quickly and evenly, keeping it in good condition.
What do you treat a mud kitchen with?
If you purchased a mud kitchen that is untreated, you’ll need to treat the wood before use. Make sure you opt for water-based wood treatment. If your mud kitchen has been pre-treated, you don’t need to treat it before use however to keep it in its best possible condition, we recommend you re-treating it periodically.