Cutting/Charcuterie Board Maintenance and Care Guide 

Welcome to the LC Rustic Accents family! Thanks for purchasing a cutting/charcuterie board from LC Rustic Accents!

 

We hope that you love your board and it lasts you for many years to come. To ensure that it does, here are a few things that you can do to care for and maintain your board: 

 

  • To avoid bacteria, try to wash your board with soap and water immediately after using it. If possible, never submerge your board in water. 

  • Never put your wood cutting board in the dishwasher. 

  • Since your board is regularly being exposed to water, it needs to be protected to keep it from drying out and cracking. Once a month, your cutting board needs to be oiled. Here’s how you do it. 

    • Apply food grade mineral oil (you can generally find in the pharmacy section of your grocery store) generously on your board.

    • Lay the board out to dry for about 30 minutes so the wood has time to soak up the oil  

    • If the wood still appears dry, apply more oil and wait 30 more minutes before continuing to the next step 

    • After 30 minutes is up, use a clean dry cloth and buff in a circular motion until all of the excess oil is gone 

  • DON’T use vegetable or nut based oils. They can leave your board smelling rancid.

  • For a little added protection, you can add a butcher block conditioner after the oil. We like the Howard Butcher Block Conditioner. You can typically find it at most big box stores. You would apply this conditioner the same way as the oil above. We will also be offering our own board butter for purchase soon!

 

My Board is Looking Scratched and Rough. What Can I Do?

After a long time of use, cutting boards can start to look scratched and rough from all of the knife cuts made on them. Fortunately, reviving them can be pretty easy! All you need is sandpaper. Purchase 80, 120, 180 and 220 grit sanding sheets or blocks. A power sander will do the job faster and easier but if you don't have one, all it takes is a little elbow grease!

 

  1. Sand the board with 80 grit to remove the deep cuts.

  2. Sand with a finer 120 grit, followed by 180.

  3. Wipe any excess dirt off of the board.

  4. Spray water on your board and let it sit there until it dries. This is called "water popping." This process raises the grain of the wood so that it will be completely smooth after your final sanding.

  5. Sand with your 220 grit.

  6. Once you’ve sanded with all the grits, wipe your board with a clean cloth to remove the excess dust left by the sandpaper. 

  7. Apply a mineral oil or beeswax butcher block conditioner and your board is good as new!

 

For any questions related to your board purchase, please don’t hesitate to email us at lcrusticaccents@gmail.com