Board Care

Some Advice for Enjoying your Cutting Board:

REGULARLY PROTECT YOUR BOARD.  Exposure to water can dry the wood of your cutting board, so a good oil and beeswax blend conditioner can help to restore moisture and water-resistance to the wood.  Use a food grade wood conditioner after every thorough washing.  Your board was finished with Howard Butcher Block Conditioner, which is widely available.  To condition your board, apply an even coat of the conditioner using a cloth or disposable towel. Allow the conditioner to penetrate the wood surface overnight, then wipe off any excess product. 

PERIODICALLY OIL YOUR BOARD.  Use your cutting board as a real working and cutting surface, but be sure to oil it every 3-5 weeks, depending on how often you use it.  Your board was finished with Howard Cutting Board Oil, which is widely available.  To oil your board, apply an even coat of the oil to all surfaces of the wood using a cloth or disposable towel.  Allow the oil to penetrate the wood fibers overnight, then wipe off any excess product.

FURTHER SUGGESTIONS.  1. DO NOT allow liquids of any kind to stand on the cutting board for long periods of time, as they can soak into the wood, causing the cutting board to expand, the wood to soften, and potentially impacting the strength of the glued joints.  2. ALWAYS clean your board thoroughly with a mild dish soap and water after every use and dry it thoroughly.  DO NOT use harsh detergents, harsh cleaning devices (like a steel brush) or put your board in the dishwasher.  3. WHEN CUTTING on the board, distribute your cutting over the entire work surface so that it will wear evenly.  DO NOT use a razor-edged cleaver, which can chip the wood and make soft spots.  If he cutting board is reversible, switch to the other side now and then for more even usage of both work surfaces.