It is important to remember that most wooden cutting boards are made with water-resistant glue, not water-proof glue. After every use, wash your cutting board with hot water and a sponge, with soap or a liquid dish detergent, but not with a product intended for the dishwasher. Place the cutting board on edge in a dish drainer or hand dry with a dish towel. Never leave a wooden cutting board soaking unattended in a sink or dish pan. Never put a wooden cutting board in a dishwasher. If you do, the surface of the board will become rough and the glue joints WILL eventually fail.
Restoring the Cutting Board Finish
To maintain the appearance and protect your wood cutting board, use our Cutting Board Oil and Cutting Board Conditioner. We only use the finest food grade mineral oils and Beeswax in our products.
If you use a board often and it begins to look dry or dull, apply a generous coat of a food-safe mineral oil finish. Wait a few minutes and wipe off every trace. The idea is to protect the wood, but not allow the oil to build up. Never use vegetable oil or olive oil; they get sticky and go rancid after a while. There is no “rule of thumb” on how often you should refresh the finish, recommended once a month. After months or years of use, you may wish to sand out the knife marks with sandpaper. We recommend 120 grit sandpaper, followed by 180 grit sanding paper on a sanding block to keep the board flat.
Cutting Board Oil
When the cutting board is dry, apply and allow to soak in for approximately 30 minutes. Wipe off excess. It is natural for the cutting boards to sweat a little oil after application.
Cutting Board Conditioner
Our cutting board conditioner is a blend of the finest white mineral oil and beeswax. Open the container and place on a window sill and allow the sun’s solar power to melt the conditioner to a liquid state. Apply to the cutting board in a circular motion using a small piece of paper towel. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, remove the excess conditioner with a paper towel. Buff the cutting board with craft paper (or paper bag) to remove the remaining excess conditioner and create a luster on the board.