Congratulations on purchasing a Blades & Board cutting board.
With proper care, your new board should last a long time.
Washing your board
The number one enemy of wooden cutting boards is moisture, so you want to minimize contact with water. Never put your board in the dishwasher, submerge it, or let it sit in water on a countertop. Wash it immediately after use with warm water and soap, then hand dry or put it on a well ventilated rack to dry it.
Seasoning your board
In order to help keep moisture out of your board, you'll need to occasionally season your board. We recommend doing so at least once a month, but you should season your board whenever it starts to look dry. You can season your board with mineral oil, or products sold as butcher block conditioner, but we recommend our Cutting Board Wax, which is designed just for this purpose. Using a paper towel or clean cloth, place some of the wax onto the board and rub it in until the board has a nice sheen. In addition to keeping moisture out, waxing the board in this fashion will help the wood maintain some elasticity, and allowing it to "heal" cuts on the surface of the board.
Cutting on your board
Our cutting boards may look nice, but they're meant to cut on. To minimize the impact of cutting on your board, keep your knives sharp. Dull knives require more pressure or a sawing motion, which is harder on your board. Try to avoid cutting in the same spot all the time.
Restoring your board
Our boards are always welcome back in our shop. For a small fee, we'll take your board, plane and sand it down, and re-season it so that it looks like new. We can also usually repair a damaged board, in the event that a fall or water has made it unusable.
We want you to enjoy your new board, so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help.