Frequently Asked Questions...
Why do you mention your kitchens are CE marked?
All toys must meet legal specifications, having undergone a series of tests to prove they are safe for children and then be marked with the CE mark to prove this. When initially looking for our own boys kitchen we found most homemade and even many 'professional' looking companies did not CE mark their kitchens. This meant they had not been properly tested for safety, many used paint or finishes that were not toy-safe or used reclaimed/pallet wood which may contain harmful pesticides/fungicides.
Whereever you buy your mud kitchen from ensure it carries the CE mark to be safe.
What type of wood do you use and does it need painting/treatment?
We use new wood (virgin) for all our kitchens, rather than pallet or reclaimed wood. This ensures there are no nasty pesticides or chemicals that could be of potential harmful, which can be a problem with recycled wood.
We’ve had a lot of enquires about using pressure treated wood, so we now offer pressure treated softwood as standard. The treatment is child-friendly and protects against the elements, as well as fungal and animal infestations. The green flecks in some parts of the wood show it has been treated, although these will fade over time.
There is no need to treat the wood further, however, painting or using a wood oil (yearly) can prolong the life of any exterior wood.
Why are your hobs painted?
We've found raised hobs reduce the versatility of the worktop - carefully prepared mixtures can wobble or spill over on uneven surfaces and a flat surface means it can be used for trays or larger accessories.
Why do the hooks point sideways?
Firstly this is a safety feature, to ensure the ends cannot do any damage to an adventurous child (it’s amazing what kids can get up to), but it also makes it easier for little hands to put the utensils onto the hooks!
Do you have any other colours or colour combinations?
Yes!! We've just introduced a larger range of standard colours, but if you don't see one you like contact us for even further colour options... [email protected]
Do you offer discounts for Nurseries, Pre-schools or Childminders?
Yes we do!! If you are a Professional Childcare Provider (registered with Ofsted) then we offer a 10% discount on any mud kitchen (including custom-built options) and 10% off any 3 or more accessories bought. We just ask you hand out our leaflets to parents! Contact us for further information... [email protected]