Caring for your hardwood

All of these boards are handmade by me, Matt Wilson, using water-resistant glues, natural woods, and food-safe finishes. There are some simple, common-sense things you can do to keep your board looking sharp and fresh.

  1. Don't let your board sit immersed in water for a long time, and dry it off after cleaning. Wood likes to expand if it soaks up a lot of water, and we don't want that here.
  2. Please do wash the board after use, with gentle soap and water, and then dry it by hand either in a rack or on its side standing up.
  3. Don't put the board in the dishwasher. Prolonged exposure to steam will weaken the glue and may cause it to fail.
  4. Similarly, don't put it in the microwave, or set really hot things on it.
  5. All of the boards come with a "refresher" wax. To keep your board looking fresh, use this wax or a product like Howard's Cutting Board Oil whenever it starts to look or feel dry.
  6. Apply the refresher / oil all over when you use it, and wipe off any excess with a paper towel.
  7. Don't use edible oils in place of the above; they will become rancid!
  8. The vibrant purple and orange woods (Purpleheart and Padauk) are especially UV-sensitive. All woods fade over the long run, but prolonged exposure to harsh direct sunlight will accelerate the process.
  9. For maximum life, store standing on an edge in a low-light, lower humidity area.
  10. Resist the urge to grind up parts of it into a powder and snort it.