TODD’S WOOD BOARDS - CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Todd’s Wood Boards can last a long time with proper care. We’ve put together our tips and tricks and our recommended best practices for extending the longevity of your Todd’s RAW Woodboards.
Hand Washing Your Todd’s Wood Board
A gentle hand-wash after each use of your Todd’s wood board, with mild dish-soap and warm water will do the trick. Use a soft dish-brush or tea towel to wipe away any crumbs stuck on the board. Over-soaking any wood can lead to cracking or warping; so, keeping them out of the dishwasher is key to preserving the longevity of your board.
Drying A Todd’s Wood Board
If a wood board isn’t dried properly, curves, heavy bending, and cracking will appear.
If a board is left soaking-wet or left sitting at the bottom of a sink, or set to rest on a wet surface. It will create cracking, bending and curves.
Dry your board with a towel right after washing. Keep it in an upright position until it's completely dry, so both sides are exposed to air. The more evenly it dries, the better and stronger the work surface will be for you.
Taking Care Of Stains...On The Spot
Immediately; or as soon as possible, for any stained area or residue from strawberries, beets, or even a juicy steak, make a coarse paste of salt, water, and baking soda, and then scrub it on the area with a tea towel or brush. To get rid of any odors, you can spray the board with white vinegar. White Vinegar smells evaporate quickly while killing off odor bacteria quickly. After, just rinse your wooden board under hot water, taking care to not let it soak. Wipe it dry with a kitchen towel, and let it air-dry. Apply Mineral oil as needed.
Only use chemicals that are safe for food on any 'kitchen-ready' Todd’s Wood Board.
Moisturize with food-grade mineral oils.
Use coarse salt and lemon juice to cut and break down greasy fats.
Make a coarse paste of salt, water, and baking soda, to treat stains and spots quickly.
Howard “Cutting Board” Products: Cleaner, Conditioner, and Wood Oil.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for safe use.
Exfoliating Your Todd’s Wood Board
Generously sprinkle your entire board with the salt, like you're seasoning a steak (Let it snow, baby!). Then, work from one corner and following the grain, rub the entire board with a cut side of a lemon (fruit to wood). Wipe off any excess salt with a tea towel. After, just rinse your wooden board under hot water, taking care to not let it soak. Wipe it dry with a kitchen towel, and let it air-dry. Apply Mineral oil as needed.
Sanding Your Todd’s Wood Board
After some time you will start to see some scarring from knives and fading from general use. We recommend sanding your board with 120 grit sandpaper. Starting from one corner and following along the grain with long wipes across the board to sand out any inconsistencies. Follow up with a 320 grit sandpaper to return that smooth touch finish. After, just rinse your wooden board under hot water, taking care to not let it soak. Wipe it dry with a kitchen towel, and let it air-dry. Apply Mineral oil as needed.
Moisturizing Your Todd’s Wood Board
After a board is totally dry, rub it with mineral oil or another food-safe oil (like Howard “Cutting Board” Products). Let the board stand with its oily slick for at least ten minutes, then wipe off any excess oil.
Be sure to moisturize generously on a regular basis, especially in the very beginning, and your board will thank you for years to come.