With a little bit of care and consideration your wooden cutting board will serve you well in the kitchen for many years to come.
Washing – Never submerge wooden cutting boards as the will rapidly absorb the water and the wood will then likely warp. When it is time to wash the board use a cloth to scrub it down with warm, soapy water. To dry, wipe off the surface water with a tea-towel and then stand the board on its longest edge to air dry.
The board is dried standing rather than lying flat in order to ensure it dries evenly and water does not pool on the underside.
Wooden cutting boards (or any wooden utensils) should also never be put in a dishwasher. The combination of saturation and high temperature steam is guaranteed to cause warping and possibly cracking.
Oiling – All Noble Woodcraft boards are oiled with rice bran oil. This type of oil will never go rancid in the board and is easily available at any supermarket at a comparatively low cost. Over the course of a number of washes a cutting board will start to look dry as the oil is removed. To bring back the boards colour simply lie the board flat and spread a teaspoon or two of rice bran oil across the surface of the board and let it sit overnight. In the morning simply wipe of any excess.
Not only does oiling keep the colours of the board vibrant, but they also help keep water out and keep the wood from drying out.
Cuts and scrapes/Furry feeling – Over time any cutting board will accumulate knife marks and thin cuts. These are no major worry as if the board is being left to dry out completely after each use then any remaining bacteria will be unable to survive. However if you do want to clean the board up then all it takes is a sheet of sand paper and a bit of rubbing. Simply sand down the surface until the cuts and grazes are removed.
The furry feeling a boards surface may develop is due to the cut fibres on the board’s surface. Having expanded when wet they push up slightly above the surface and stay there even when dried. Once again they cause no harm, but if you want your board to feel smooth again then it takes just a couple of passes with a fine sand paper, around 220 grit is ideal.