Your new cutting board is pre-oiled but not pre-washed. After the first cleaning, you may notice a raised texture on the surfaces. This is normal and will decrease with further use and continued oiling. Also, color may change slightly as some of the mineral oil may be washed out.
CLEANING - It is best to clean wood cutting boards immediately after use or as soon as time permits. When cleaning, RVA Cutting Boards recommends regular dish soap or anti-bacterial dish soap be applied to used surfaces and then hand scrubbed with a gentle non-scratch dish wand or scrub sponge. After scrubbing, thoroughly rinse with warm to hot water. THOROUGHLY RINSING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE CLEANING PROCESS as it whisks away bacteria and other foreign objects. Avoid using any type of bristled brush, Brillo pads, wire brushes or harsh abrasive cleaners as they could potentially scratch or scar a wood cutting board. Once cleaned, immediately and thoroughly wipe all surfaces entirely dry. Store in an upright position or on its side. Do not store in a flat position unless you have feet on your cutting board. If you do have feet on your cutting board then it is ok to store your cutting board feet side down if you wish. It is best to have air circulate around the board while stored to complete the drying process and to help prevent bacterial growth. Never submerge wood cutting boards in water at any time. Doing so will likely damage the board. To watch a How-To video on how to clean wood cutting boards, click here.
DO NOT CLEAN WOOD CUTTING BOARDS IN A DISHWASHER! Cleaning wood cutting boards in a dishwasher is just asking for trouble. When cleaned in a dishwasher, wood cutting boards are subjected to water immersion and very high heat, both of which are potentially damaging to wood cutting boards.
DEODORIZING WOOD CUTTING BOARDS - To deodorize, simply wipe with pure white vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice, and odors should dissipate.
REMOVING STAINS - Removing stains from wood cutting boards can be frustrating and often times a futile effort. If a stain is stubborn, try using a mixture of coarse salt, baking soda and a little lemon juice to make a paste. Apply the paste generously to the stained area, working it into the stain with a non-abrasive pad, then clean as described above.
THE FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) recommends cleaning wood cutting boards with warm or hot soapy water after use. To see this information on the FDA website, click here.
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RVA Cutting Boards is committed to making the best wood cutting boards possible. Choose from a custom, handmade wood cutting board or one of our beautifully designed wood cutting boards. RVA Cutting Boards does not make plastic cutting boards. All wood cutting boards and butcher blocks made by RVA Cutting Boards are made from sustainable maple, cherry and walnut.