Handcrafted cutting boards
Handcrafted cutting boards
Your new cutting board comes pre-oiled but does not come pre-washed. For the Boards coated in mineral oil after the first wash you may notice a raised grain on the surface but this will soon decrease as the board is used and oiled. Also, the tone of the boar may have changed slightly as some mineral oil may have been washed out.
It is best to clean wood cutting boards immediately after use or as soon as possible. When cleaning, it is recommended that regular dish soap or anti-bacterial dish soap be applied to used surfaces and then hand scrubbed with a gentle non-scratch dish wand or scrub sponge. After scrubbing, thoroughly rinse with warm to hot water. THOROUGHLY RINSING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE CLEANING PROCESS as it whisks away bacteria and other foreign objects. Avoid using any type of bristled brush, Brillo pads, wire brushes or harsh abrasive cleaners as they could potentially scratch or scar a wood cutting board. Once cleaned, immediately and thoroughly wipe all surfaces entirely dry. STORE BOARD ON ITS SIDE. Do not store in a flat position unless you have feet on your cutting board. If you do have feet on your cutting board then it is ok to store your cutting board feet side down if you wish. It is best to have air circulate around the board while stored to complete the drying process and to help prevent bacterial growth. Never submerge wood cutting boards in water at any time. Doing so will likely damage the board.
For some of our larger boards, we tend to lean towards an oil based finish known as the "Good Stuff". This finish will hep to preserve your board while also leaving a shiny coating that will enhance the woods natural colors. That being said this is a finish that will help protect against stains and moisture but still DOES NOT GO IN THE DISHWASHER . We do still recomend that after a few washings that a natural based mineral oil is applied to the board if the wood begins to seem dry over time.
Cleaning wooden boards in a dishwasher is always going to be an issue and a problem causer. When in a dishwasher, wooden boards are exposed to high heat and immersion in water, which both can cause severe issues.
If the board is seemingly giving off odors we recommend using a simple wipe of pure white vinegar and some lemon juice to dissipate the smell.
If a stain in the board is stubborn or not coming out try mixing together some coarse salt, baking soda and some lemon juice to make a sort of paste. Using generously apply to the stained area and scrub with a non aggressive pad to the area and clean using methods discussed above.
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