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September 13, 2021 3 min read

One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “how do I care for my board’’?

We did a blog earlier on this here:

BUT!  What about all of your other wooden kitchen items? This blog talks about how to restore your wooden boards and other wooden utensils that could do with a hit of TLC. 

Why do I need to restore my wooden kitchen tools and serving boards?

Well, you don't NEED to, but you will definitely benefit if you do.

Often wooden items require regular cleaning & the oil/varnish/lacquer/balm finish on the items wears away. This means that the wood becomes dull and rough. Refreshing them with a sand and/or finish can add on years of use to your item, and also make it look as beautiful and fresh as the day you bought it!

The proper finishing (oiling/varnish etc.) also acts as a moisturising coating, which allows the items to be cleaned in soap and water without the surface being permeated by water.

Step 1: Prep the wooden surface

Rough, grainy surfaces, such as your most beloved cutting boards, are tricky to finish, so it's best to address this before applying any kind of finish. 

Sanding is a cheap and easy way to smooth the wooden surface and remove any scratches and marks. It's important that the board or items are dry for this step. 

Depending on how worn your item is will depend on which sandpaper to choose. Sandpaper ranges from very coarse (40-80), which is usually used for shaping timber, all the way up to super fine (400+) which are used specifically for refining the finish. You can buy single sheets from Bunnings, so I would suggest getting around 4 of varying coarseness and working your way from lower coarseness to higher coarseness.

Folding a piece of sandpaper in thirds and using your hands to sand should do the job, or you can get a sanding block OR an electric sander if you want to really do a solid resurfacing job.

Tip: Be sure to sandwith the grain of the wood. If you go against the grain, you are most likely going to create more visible scratches. 

Step 2: Selecting a finish

Not all oils are created alike. Many natural oils, like olive oil and corn oils, can turn rancid after prolonged exposure to air and should be avoided. Our boards are finished with a combination of beeswax, grapeseed oil and a little bit of orange oil. 

There are a number of other great natural options such as: 

  • Linseed (Also Known As Flax Seed)
  • Walnut oils
  • Mineral oil
  • Beeswax and wax-based salves
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Tung nut oil

Step 3: Applying a finish

Once you’ve got your sanded wooden board or utensil, and have your finish ready to go, you’re ready for the fun part!

‘Flood’ the surface by pouring a small dash of oil directly on one side.. Then using a clean rag wipe the finish over the entire surface. Leave the excess and prop your board somewhere (sink or drying rack) to sit and let the oil soak in. The oil can be left to soak in for hours or overnight, and then remove any excess using a clean rag. 

How to Season and Maintain a Wooden Cutting Board

How often should I restore my items?

Really depends how often you use them and what for! If you have a board purely for serving, you can get away with doing this every few years, ant just put some oil on every now and then. If its a chopping board you use multiple times a day, you could do this every few months if you wanted to keep the aesthetic!

Would love to hear if you give this a try!

Speak to you next week, 




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