6 Steps to Keep Your Wood Surfaces Looking Great for Years to Come.

Cedar Charcuterie board by Clines Crafted Woodworking LLC

Non-Toxic Wood Finish for Cedar Charcuterie Board

You’ve purchased the perfect cedar wood cutting board, and you want to keep it looking that way. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to ensure your wood never loses its fresh-cut appeal. For example, before you use your new board, apply a non-toxic wood finish, all of our products have already had this done.
We believe in quality non toxic products and always will but we also want our customers to use our products. We want our products to be your favorite, not just because of the beauty but also because of the functionality.
That's why we put together these care instructions.
For most people, that newly-acquired serving board or rolling pin looks adorable the moment they open up their packages. But..... once they start using them and exposing them to water, cleaner, soaps etc. this results in the finish getting scratched off or washed away (but its not a problem).
Although most finishes usually do last some time before washing away, any finish or water resistant coats will end up disappearing overtime. Our kitchen tools are made out of good quality materials which should last much longer than standard versions.
When cared for properly through the use of non-toxic substances such as natural oils and wax without any chemical additives, this serves as protection from harsh cleaning products that may strip the surface coating off prematurely.
Here are seven steps to keep your wood surfaces looking great for years to come, including how to clean your board after every use.

1) Hand Wash Only after each use.

Keep in mind that some dishwasher detergents use mildewcides and bleaches that can damage wood surfaces over time. If possible, skip using your dishwasher altogether. By hand washing after each use with a soft sponge or cloth, you'll protect your wood from unnecessary wear.

2) Periodically using half of a lemon with a table spoon of salt scrub to remove any remaining bacteria.

A quick way to clean your cutting board is by sprinkling salt over it and rubbing with a sliced lemon. This technique maintains the beauty of your wood charcuterie board so you can achieve greatness every time you cook.

3) Wipe dry immediately

This will prevent rapid expansion of wood, which can crack and warp a wooden surface.

4) If needed sand with +1000 grit sand paper or green scotch bright pad to smooth

Sanding will remove any light scratches and roughness the board may have developed over time. Dust it off with a damp cloth.

Here's the perfect pad to get the job done!

5) If board seems dry apply non toxic food grade oil such as Walrus Oil brand cutting board oil​.

All food safe finished will wash away. No matter what you do. If your soap removes grease it will remove the wax and eventually the oil used to finish it as well.
To apply new finish you can use a cloth, paper towel, or your hand. The goal is to coat all sides of your cutting board evenly. Allow oil to sit on wood surface overnight (24 hours). This will allow time for it to soak into your cutting board.

6) Frequently (once per month) Apply non toxic wood wax such as made by Walrus Oil to act as barrier. Remove excess after 24 hours.

We're here to help! Don't worry!
We have done the research for you. While there are many food safe finished for wooden surfaces its important to note that they are NOT all non toxic and chemical free. So we wanted to share the products we use to finish our products that will come into contact with food. Here's the links to the products from the care instructions:

Walrus oil Cutting Board Oil

Walrus oil cutting board oil

Walrus oil wood wax

Walrus oil wood wax

Walrus oil and wax set.

Walrus oil wax and oil bundle

Charcuterie board care instructions

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