Timber is a hygroscopic material, meaning it has the ability to not only absorb moisture, but to store water. As with any material, it can also be adversely affected by extreme exposure to heat.
All of the boards you’ll find listed on our site are made from high quality, raw materials, that aren’t covered or protected by a layer of laminate or veneer. We provide a short care instructions card with every order, however to get the best possible lifespan from your board, please make note of, and follow our more comprehensive care instructions below;
Cleaning with Water:
Problems will begin to arise when timber takes on too much water, so it is important that your board never be oversaturated. Wipe or scrub your board with a hot, soapy cloth or sponge. Do not put your board directly under running water, do not submerge it in water and do not put it through the dishwasher. Too much contact with water will cause your board to over-absorb the water and swell. Once the board dries and the swelling subsides, this can result in cracking, splitting and/or bending.
Your board should be dried immediately after cleaning and not left on the sink or in a drying rack to air dry. When leaving water on the board, this will not all drip off or evaporate, with much of the water being absorbed into the timber. This again will cause swelling and ultimately cracking, splitting and/or bending.
Oil creates a protective barrier for the joins in your board and restricts the amount of water the timber is able to absorb. We oil all boards after engraving prior to being shipped, however this protective barrier will weaken with every use. Oiling your board from time to time (after every few uses) or after each use (highly recommended) will restore it’s protective barrier to prevent water penetrating the timber and also keeps a required level of needed moisture within the timber.
When timber is subjected to heat, it expands. This process is known as thermal expansion and can cause warping, swelling and potentially shrinkage. It is recommend to store your board in a cool place, away from your stove top and direct sunlight.
After time and regular use, your board can become fuzzy, get scratched/marked by your cutting knives or have stains from food. You will be able to remove the fuzziness and most marks by using a fine grit (such as 120) piece of sandpaper. Lightly sanding your board will not affect the engraving as we do these a few millimetres deep to ensure they last. After sanding, you will need to re-oil your board with Grapeseed Oil or Mineral Oil, and this will also darken and restore the engraving.
Repairing Cracks or Splits:
To repair minor cracks or splits, resulting from a lack of maintenance or care, you may use wood putty and a fine grit piece of sandpaper. Fill the cracks/splits with a similar shade of wood putty to the board purchased and allow to dry for 24 hours. Once dry, lightly sand back any excess putty, and oil the board with Grapeseed Oil or Mineral Oil to finish.
Displaying Your Board:
If your board is only being used for display purposes, a level of maintenance and care is still required. Timber is a natural product that is affected by the environment and the natural conditions it is exposed to. Particularly during warmer months, timber will alter in a bid to match the moisture and temperature of its environment. Your board should still be oiled with Grapeseed Oil or Mineral Oil from time to time to help restore the timbers natural moisture content – this will prevent the timber from drying out and forming any cracks or splits.
In 2020, we will be releasing a series of short videos detailing how to care for your board as well as fix any minor imperfections as a result of improper maintenance or care.