Wooden Chopping Board Care
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 OSMO TopOil® which is a microporous natural hardwax-oil wood finish and is extremely tough and hardwearing. It is water repellent and dirt resistant. The finish is resistant to wine, beer, cola, coffee, tea, fruit juices, milk and water. These types of liquid spillages will tightly bead on the surface without leaving any marks. They should, however, be simply wiped away with a cloth. The finish is not only protects against bacteria but also inhibits the ingress of moisture which could result in cracking.
Protect With OSMO
In order to maintain the beauty and durability of your wooden chopping board it needs to be periodically oiled. The frequency depends on how often you use your board, but if the surfaces are damaged, 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 OSMO TopOil® we recommend retreating it with the same product, which can be purchased from timber specialist. Alternatively, single-use Chopping Board Care Kits may be purchased from us and include all you need to refinish your board. OSMO TopOil® is 100% food-safe, conforming to EN-1186. It is a blend of organic plant oils and waxes providing a beautiful, natural finish.
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:
- Do wash the board with warm soapy water.
- Do oil the board regularly – you can not cause any damage by over-oiling.
- Do store the board on a flat surface (not on its edge).
- DO NOT leave items such as cheese on the board for long periods as the moisture can get into the wood and stains may develop.
- DO NOT leave items made from steel, such as food cans, on the board for long periods as the steel may react with the wood causing stains to develop – stainless steel is not an issue.
- DO NOT immerse the board in water or wash it in a dishwasher.
- DO NOT subject the board to significant changes in temperature, e.g. by placing it on a stove or radiator.
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. Please refer to this page for how it should be maintained. Read this article to see why we changed the finish of our wooden chopping boards.