How to clean your Wood&Food item
After each use, it is best to wash the item with soap and warm water to remove all traces of food and bacteria, then allow it to dry completely with air first. When the board was only used with dry foods, a simple wipe down with water can be sufficient. Not cleaning it too often with soapy water will even help to prolong its lustre as well.
An all-natural way of cleaning
For an all-natural clean, first try dampening your wooden item with a warm cloth and sprinkeling coarse salt over it. Then cut a lemon in half and scour the cut side over the wood while slightly squeering the lemon juice out. Let it stand for five minutes and remove the excess by using a scrub brush.
How to prevent drying out
Wooden items also require regular oiling, as this will prevent them from drying out, and causing cracks and splits. By oiling it, you'll be able to add many years of life to your item. It keeps the wood safe from liquids and it prevents harmful bacteria from entering. Once you'vee oiled your Wood&Food item, you'll quickly notice the rejuvenating power this process has: scratches and scars that covered its surface will have mostly dissapeared and the board will appear brand new again.
How to oil your item
The best oil to use is a food grade mineral oil. Use either a paper towel or a clean, dry cloth, dip this into your oil and rub it into the grains of wood. Aim for a thin layer of oil on the surface, or it won't be able to dry effectively. The oil will need to soak in order for it to be truly effective. Once the oil has dried completely, use a dry cloth to wipe off any excess. Perform this in a circular buffing motion to ensure you have covered the entire surface.
The best types of oil for your item
- Mineral oil
- Walnut oil
- Linseed oil
Things that can be damaging
- Keeping the wooden board into the water for too long: this will significantly weaken the wood and can damage your product.
- Use of dishwasher: the wooden item will soak up the water and cleaning agents used in the dishwasher, causing it permanent damage. The wood will swell and it will have trapped the taste of your dishwasher cleaner within.