Treating a wooden chopping board properly is essential to maintain its appearance, durability, and hygiene. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to treat a wooden chopping board:
1. Wash the board: Before the initial treatment, wash the wooden chopping board with warm soapy water. Use a mild dish soap and a soft sponge or cloth to remove any dust, debris, or oils from the surface. Rinse it thoroughly with clean water and pat it dry with a clean towel.
2. Sand the board (optional): If your chopping board has any rough spots or imperfections, you can lightly sand the surface with fine-grit sandpaper. Sanding will create a smooth and even surface, ensuring a better finish and preventing any splinters.
3. Apply a handful of coarse salt and scrub with half a lemon thoroughly until all grease and food remnants are all gone.
Rinse with lukewarm water, tap dry and allow all humidity to evaporate.
4. Choose a food-safe oil: For treating wooden chopping boards, it's best to use food-safe oils, such as mineral oil or food-grade mineral oil. Avoid using vegetable oils or cooking oils, as they can become rancid and negatively affect the taste of food.
5. Apply the oil: Pour a small amount of the food-safe oil onto the chopping board. Use a clean cloth or paper towel to spread the oil evenly across the entire surface, including the edges. Make sure to cover both sides of the board if it's reversible. Allow the oil to soak into the wood for several hours or overnight.
6. Reapply the oil: If the wood absorbs the oil quickly, apply another coat to ensure thorough penetration. Repeat this process until the wood stops absorbing the oil.
7. Wipe off excess oil: After the oil has soaked in, use a dry cloth to wipe off any excess oil from the surface of the chopping board. This step helps to prevent the board from feeling sticky.
8. Apply our treatment wax and buff until desired polish and let it cure: Allow the chopping board to sit for a few hours or overnight to allow the oil to fully cure and dry. This helps to seal and protect the wood.
Maintain the board: To keep the chopping board in good condition, regularly reapply a thin layer of treatment wax every few weeks or as needed. This will help to maintain its moisture and protect it from drying out or cracking.
Never soak a wooden chopping board in water or put it in the dishwasher, as excessive moisture can damage the wood.
Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on the chopping board, as they can strip away the protective oil and harm the wood.
Always clean the chopping board with warm soapy water immediately after using it to prevent food particles from lingering and potential bacterial growth.
Store the chopping board in a dry and well-ventilated area to prevent mold or mildew from forming.
By following these steps and maintaining your wooden chopping board properly, you can ensure its longevity and safe use in your kitchen.