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Your wooden chopping board is made from kiln-dried European or English oak, and will contain a low level of moisture. This ensures the wood is as stable as possible with a minimal risk of cracking or warping. Wood is naturally hygroscopic, meaning that its moisture content varies depending on local humidity levels.
When you receive your board, it will have been comprehensively treated with Brandon Bespoke Wax Oil Treatment – a combination of natural oils and waxes. The treatment not only protects your board but enhances it too; the oil highlights the grain and the protective wax finish provides a subtle sheen. The finish, as well as protecting against bacteria, also inhibits the ingress of moisture which could result in cracking.
In order to maintain the beauty and durability of your wooden chopping board it needs to be periodically oiled. The finish we apply primarily contains food-grade white mineral oil and beeswax, and along with other natural oils and waxes, provides solvent-free, 100% food-safe protection for wooden chopping boards. The frequency of re-oiling (a minimum of twice per year) depends on how often you use your board, but if the surfaces are damaged, have lost their waxy finish, are showing signs of dryness, cracking or are no longer smooth, they should be retreated immediately to avoid ingress of moisture and risk of staining.
As your board is already finished with Brandon Bespoke Wax Oil Treatment we recommend retreating it with the same product. You can Brandon Bespoke Wax Oil Treatment here.
Other wood treatments are available but care should be taken to ensure they are food-safe, and will adhere to the existing finish.
Follow these guidelines to ensure your board provides many years of service:
If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
IMPORTANT If you have one of our boards purchased prior to June 2016 it will be finished with white mineral oil. Brandon Bespoke wax oil chopping board treatment may be used on your board and will add to the finish provided by the original oil. For boards purchased between June 2016 and September 2017, a food-safe danish oil, or the care kit supplied with your board may be used.