When I first opened the box, the cake stand was stuck in the box with some sticky substance. When I finally managed to get the cake stand out of the box, there were pieces of cardboard stuck to it that I could not remove. I tried several methods of getting rid of the gunk (including various cleansers and goo be gone) but nothing worked. Finally, I soaked the cake stand in hot water for about an hour. When I removed the cake stand from the water, it is still immensely sticky to the touch and the top of the cake stand came clear off the base!! Clearly whatever adhesive was used works better sticking to everything but the stand itself!