Pre-care – where possible, sharpen your knives for minimal scoring of the board. You will be surprised by how little the board will mark from a sharp knife.
Moisture – never fully submerse your board in water. The best way to clean it is with a damp kitchen cloth/sponge. You can also use kitchen sanitiser/surface wipes. Don’t put your board under a running tap or apply excessive moisture - if this happens dry it with a cloth immediately to minimise the saturation of the wood.
Temperature – keep timber in a constant environment. Occasionally boards need to adapt to their new environment over time. Do not keep your board near a heat source (such as a cook top) for any length of time. Don’t leave piping hot pans/trays/dishes on your board to cool. It is too much of a sudden shock to the timber and will damage your board. Likewise, don’t keep your board on the drainer as it will want to absorb moisture. Generally, the kitchen bench top is the perfect place to house the board.
Choppa Block Care Kit – Each care kit contains Livos Food Safe Oil, Scotch-Brite pad and foam-backed sanding pad. The oil aids in closing any marks that may otherwise harbour bacteria.
Oiling depends on usage and environment.
Don’t be tempted to use your household cooking oils as these can go rancid, promote mould growth or become sticky, attracting dirt and dust.
General Care Instructions
When to Use the Sanding Pad
If the board becomes rough to touch, it’s due to the protective oil film breaking down, allowing moisture to raise the grain of the timber, resulting in a coarse texture. The sanding pad process will not be required if oiled sufficiently.