Looking After Your Board
Cleaning your board is best done with a moist cloth using a mild detergent and warm water and then wiped dry using a cloth or paper towel.
The best way of cleaning your board, if it’s been used to cut pungent vegetables such as onions and garlic, is to rub with either lemon or salt, rinse and dry thoroughly.
- Never soak. Your chopping board does not enjoy being soaked or submerged. Do not leave it on a wet surface.
- After cleaning, air dry your chopping board on its edge. Use a plate rack, a stand or just lean it against the wall. Both faces should have an airflow.
"Why has my new wood cutting board roughened after its first wash"?
Surface roughening of a new wood board is completely normal and thankfully, restoring the original smooth surface is a simple process requiring no special materials or tools.
So what's causing the roughness? The final production step before l oil a wooden cutting board is to sand the surface with a very fine grade sandpaper. When sanding, small flakes of sanded wood are rolled into the open pores of the board. When a new board is first washed the water expands and swells the small rolled up flakes of wood, lifting them out of the pores and causing the initial roughness. These detached wood flakes will typically wash off the board with the first couple of washes, leaving the pores of the board mostly bare. The open pores of the wood are the cause of any residual roughness.
So how do we fix it? A new board should be washed with warm water and a cloth. Wipe in the direction of the grain. Any loose flakes of wood can be wiped off then rub dry and allow the board to air.
All naturally finished timber boards will require oiling to maintain a healthy surface. Dry, un-oiled timber is more susceptible to damage and is not as attractive (think driftwood at the beach, or an old weatherboard house. I use mineral oil which can be found on Amazon but you could use Tung Oil, Linseed Oil, Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil. Apply the oil liberally to all sides of the board and rub in with a cloth. Allow the oil to soak in for 10-20 minutes then wipe clean. Some oils such as tung oil and linseed oil will require a curing time of 12-24 hours.
I give all of my cutting boards and food platters a healthy soak in mineral oil before they leave my workshop, however it takes a few months to build up a good base of oil in a cutting board. My general rule of thumb for board oiling frequency is:
1 - 2 Months old→ Oil every second week
2- 6 Months old→ Oil every month
6- 24 Months old→ Oil every 3 months
24 Months onwards→ Oil every 4 to 6 months
With proper care and regular oiling, your new cutting board should smooth out over the first 3-6 months and eventually exceed the smoothness of its original new state. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Never leave your board soaking in water, place dishes direct from the oven onto your board or put in the dishwasher as you may damage it.
Care for your board and it will give you years of use.
Postage & Packing:
Please note l only use recycled cardboard boxs to pack my boards. I make every effort to ensure they arrive to you as they left me but should there be any damages upon receipt then l can either refund or replace once l have received the damaged board.
Postage is calculated automatically when ordering online through this website. Again, l have made every effort for this to be calculated correctly but should you have a query over costs please do not hesitate to contact me.