WOOD CARE BASICS

 

With proper care and maintenance, there is no reason that your wooden kitchen and serving goods should not give you years of enjoyment and pleasure as it gracefully ages. 

Wood pieces should be washed in warm water and dried immediately after use.  Never soak your board or let it come into contact with water over an extended period of time as it can lead to warping and cracking.  

For stubborn stains like berries, sprinkle the entire board with salt or baking soda, then rub with a halved lemon.  

It is recommended that you oil your wood pieces at least once a year, or more depending on the environment and frequency of use.  When your piece looks or feels dry, lightly oil it with an oil/beeswax blend.  We sell a natural blend of board butter in our online shop and various other combinations are available. Spread the oil over the surface of the utensil and let it soak in for a about 20 minutes, then wipe and buff the surface with a soft cloth. 

Take care not to use olive or vegetable oils for maintaining your wood as it can turn rancid and produce an unpleasant smell. 

Keeping the woods fibers saturated with moisturizing oil helps to maintain the wood’s natural changes in moisture content, which will reduce the chances of splitting and cracking.  

Taking time to maintain your wood pieces will result in a lifetime of enjoyment as they become your familiar, trusted companions in your home.  If you use a great quality, natural, nourishing board butter, it can also be a wonderful opportunity to moisturize your hands as well as reviving the beautiful grain of your piece.