With correct conditions, bacteria will grow on any surface quickly. Bacteria in the kitchen mostly comes from food and can multiply on all surfaces, including timber. However, as timber is an organism, it will hold bacteria at bay and will aid in retarding its growth. The answer lays within good housekeeping and applying good food safety. Check out our Handy Tips for keeping your board clean.

End Grain is a good choice for food safety – studies have shown that the capillary action of the wood fibre actually discourages the growth of bacteria. Other board materials like plastic, marble or glass don’t have this quality and when cutting marks and valleys form from everyday use, bacteria can multiply in these crevices and are difficult to access to clean completely.

Livos Oil is Food Safe –  it is the perfect bacteria proof conditioner for any food preparation surface and any utensil made of wood which is used for direct or indirect contact with food. Livos Oil The original Hardwax Oil is based on natural vegetable oils and waxes. It is micro-porous and does not crack, flake, peel or blister. It is water-repellent. It also enriches, beautifies and reveals the gorgeous grain in high quality wood. Using the oil on wooden kitchen items periodically will prevent absorption of food odours and ease cleaning, as well as maintain the integrity of the wood, which is otherwise subjected to repeated wetting and drying in the course of use. If you would like further information regarding Livos, please see MSDS.