Care of Spoons & Cutting Boards:
- Never put in the dishwasher.
- Do not soak.
- To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth.
- If needed, lightly wash with warm, mildly soapy water, rinse quickly, and dry immediately. Do not leave a wet cutting board to sit, as this may cause it to warp.
Maintenance/refinishing (if desired):
The finish I use is an all-natural, food-safe mixture of processed linseed oil & beeswax (’Tried and True’ brand). Over time, its sheen may become dull and the grain slightly fuzzy. Many people are happy to simply let nature take its course, but if you want to remedy this:
- Following the direction of the grain of the wood, give the board/spoon a brisk rub with the provided superfine buffing pad (equivalent to "0000" steel wool - replacement pads are available in the sandpaper section of most hardware stores).
- With a clean rag, apply a dab of an oil of your choice, allow to soak in briefly, and wipe off excess. The finish should look (almost) brand new!
Some good options for oiling/refinishing:
- Mineral oil (found at any pharmacy)
- Tried & True brand finishes (stocked at Lee Valley)
- Coconut oil
- Raw linseed oil (may go rancid over time)
- Anything that contains "Boiled Linseed Oil" (”BLO” often contains heavy metals as drying agents and is not considered food safe)
- Paste wax
- Anything called 'butcher block oil' that doesn't explicitly say ‘food safe’.
Thanks for buying handmade, and enjoy!
Dan, Bellowing Timber