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Cleaning & Maintenance

Cleaning

Due to the porous, cellular nature of this natural product, and the glue used to join the pieces, certain cleaning techniques should be avoided.. 

Maintenance

All wooden items with constant contact with food and water need regular maintenance in order to keep them looking and behaving at their best. For our chopping boards all that is required is monthly oiling and waxing.

Cleaning - What to avoid

Due to the porous, cellular nature of this natural product, and the glue used to join the pieces, certain cleaning techniques should be avoided. Soaking in water will permanently damage your board. Wood will quickly absorb water, which will cause it to swell, crack, or warp. The glued pieces will then have a tendency to separate. 

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How to clean your End Grain Chopping Board

For health and safety, always begin food preparation with a clean surface and tools.

 

For clean-up after light use, such as preparing vegetables, wipe down your wood cutting board with hot, soapy water. Wipe up any excess water quickly and pat dry with clean paper towels.

 

For foods such as: poultry, seafood, and meat, we recommend using an antibacterial spray. Follow the same cleaning routine as above then spray the surface with disinfectant applying it to all sides. Leave for a few minutes, then pat dry with clean paper towels.

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Food Types

To prevent bacterial cross-contamination of foods, a thorough clean-up of your chopping board is a must after use. We strongly recommend using separate boards for particular foods where possible.

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Maintenance

All wooden items with constant contact with food and water need regular maintenance in order to keep them looking and behaving at their best. For our chopping boards all that is required is monthly oiling. During the winter months we recommend reducing the time between oiling to two-three weeks as the dry air causes the board to dry out quicker.

Maintenance selection for our End Grain Chopping Boards

Board Oil

Our pharmaceutical grade, food safe, pure mineral oil is applied liberally to the surface of the board and left to soak in overnight. The oil penetrates deep into the wood pores making your board become more resilient to liquids.

Maintenance Oil for our End Grain Chopping Board

Board Wax

We also offer a board wax which is a special blend of the same high quality mineral oil but with the addition of natural filtered beeswax. The wax has a soft butter like consistency and is easily wiped onto the board and left to soak in overnight. Our wax greatly improves the woods ability to repel water by filling the wood pours as well as giving your chopping board its glossy look back. This can also be applied monthly.

Maintenance Wax for our End Grain Chopping Board

Before you apply Board Wax and Oil

To apply the oil or wax make sure your board has been cleaned thoroughly on all sides and is completely dry. Apply to all surfaces and edges as treating one side only could warp the board due to a difference in moisture levels. Once applied, oil or wax is best left overnight as it needs a chance to soak into the pores of the wood.

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How to apply Board Wax and Oil

Step One
Place the board on a surface which can resist oil spills and any excess oil or wax can be mopped up easily.
Step Two
Pour some oil or wipe some wax onto the bottom surface of the board and spread it around in a circular motion using a folded paper towel. There should be a thin film across the surface of the board, you may
need to add more oil or wax if necessary. Then leave to soak in.
Step Three
Flip the board over and repeat step two, this time also wiping over the edges of the board. Again leave to soak in.
Step 4 (If using Wax)
Buff the surfaces using soft paper towel or dedicated chopping board soft buffing cloth.
Last Step
Wipe any excess oil or wax off the surfaces using paper towel.

Maintenance Oil for our End Grain Chopping Board
Applying wax & Oil

Give your board the care it needs

Take a look at these freshly oiled and waxed Chopping Boards!

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