Cutting Board Maintenance

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All Bailie Woodworks cutting boards have been pre-treated with food-safe mineral oil and wax, but some periodic maintenance is necessary to prolong the life of your cutting board.

If you find that your cutting board is drying out, you can treat your cutting board with products specifically designed for cutting boards or butcher blocks. I have listed a handful of acceptable products below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I treat my cutting board?

Depending on how often you use and wash your cutting board, your cutting board could use treatment anywhere from once a month to every 3 months (or longer). A good indication of a cutting board that needs conditioning is the evidence of dry spots on your cutting board.

How much conditioner should I use on my cutting board?

Depending on the size of your cutting board, start off with a quarter sized dollop in the middle of your cutting board. Work the conditioner around the cutting board until it is worked into the grain. Add more conditioner if you feel it is needed. After spreading the conditioner on your cutting board, let the conditioner sit for 10 to 15 minutes. After waiting, wipe the excess conditioner off the block. Wait a few hours before using food on your cutting board.

Is the conditioner safe to eat?

I wouldn't use it on your pizza slice, but cutting board oils and conditioners are safe to consume. Remember, after conditioning your cutting board, be sure to wipe off any excess fluid so it doesn't influence the taste of your food.

How do I fix all the knife marks on my cutting board?

If you use your cutting board excessively, the knife marks may cause a bit of a rough surface that is unsightly. Before conditioning your cutting board, sand the effected area with 320 grit sandpaper until the knife marks go away. Rewash the cutting board and proceed with conditioning your cutting board as usual.

How do I wash my cutting board?

Washing your cutting board is similar to washing dishes by hand. Scrub your cutting board using water and a little dish soap. Rinse the cutting board and dry the board off promptly.

-NEVER soak your cutting board in water

-Use only a little dish soap to clean your cutting board

-Towel dry your cutting board after washing, don't your cutting board be wet for too long (the water absorbs into the wood)

-The more you wash your cutting board the faster it will dry out, then you will then need to maintain the board with oil and wax sooner.