Thank you for
purchasing this quality cutting board from Elkwood Arts.
Elkwood Arts’ cutting boards have a “food safe finish” on
them. They are finished and seasoned with USP-grade mineral
oil. It is a simple process to take care of this board.
Proper care should give you years of use.
All boards should be cleaned and sanitized frequently and
kept dry when not in use. Listed are some tips for
maintaining your cutting board (choose method that works
best for you):
sanitizing cutting boards
* Hot water and soap: scrub board with hot water and soap,
rinse and dry thoroughly. Never submerge in water!
* Vinegar—wipe with full strength vinegar. Vinegar is a good
disinfectant because of the acid.
It is effective against E. Coli, Salmonella and
It is also very good for people with chemical
Keep a spray bottle of undiluted vinegar handy for easy
cleaning and sanitizing.
* To eliminate garlic, fish or other smells rub fresh lemon
juice or rub a cut lemon over the surface of the cutting
Your cutting board should be re-seasoned after
cleaning/sanitizing. Simply wipe on USP-grade
mineral oil and let it soak in. When no more soaks in
simply wipe off the excess with a clean, dry cloth. Do not
use vegetable, cooking or olive oils as they can turn
about using too much oil - more is better!
is often added to mineral oil and walnut oil to give a
tougher finish. The wax of bees has been used for
centuries for waterproofing and sealing materials from
baskets to cloth and for preserving foods and other
perishable materials, including wood. It will make
wood water-resistant (though not waterproof) and will help
protect the wood surface from use and wear. It will
also give a wood surface a nice smooth feel to the touch and
leave a gentle, sweet fragrance.
*Simply shave about 1/2 teaspoon beeswax into a
microwave-safe dish with a cupful of mineral oil.
*Microwave on high for about 45 seconds
*Smooth onto the cutting board in a circular fashion while
*Save or dispose of the remainder of the oil.
TOP COAT - A beeswax top coat is an optional addition to
the refinishing process - but is well worth the time!
The beeswax sits on the surface of the wood in contrast to
the oil that soaks into the wood. As a result, the
beeswax fills in pores and gaps that thin oil often doesn't
reach. This helps to keep moisture, bacteria, and
other contaminants from getting into the wood surface.
To apply the finish, simply wipe it on with a clean cloth.
The beeswax is a soft paste that has a similar consistency
to that of a shoe polish. Excess finish can easily be
buffed off with the cloth. Once the finish has had
some time to dry, it can be buffed to a shine.