I have found this tray to be easy to clean and extremely durable. A rub with a soft towel quickly eliminates any water spots or tea stains. I have accidentally left tea in it and it suffered no ill effects. After months of almost constant use, it still looks as good as it did the day I received it. I have heard that bamboo trays can have issues with leaks and cracking but I have never had any problems. I love avoiding the usual clean up duties, all I have to do is empty the tray when I am done. It also saves my hands from having to carry extremely hot cups of tea.