Cleaning and Care Instructions
Every Behrens Board is handcrafted with an emphasis on quality throughout every step of production to ensure that you receive a board that will last for years to come. While all of our boards are treated with multiple coats of B's Mineral Oil and a B's Wax Board Cream finish, it is up to you to properly use and regularly care for your board. Please read the information below to learn how to properly clean and care for your Behrens Board.
Q: How should I clean my board?
A: Using a sponge or soft towel, simply wipe down your board with warm, soapy water and hand dry thoroughly. Behrens Boards should never be submerged, left to soak in water, or run through the dishwasher.
Q: How do I maintain and prolong the life of my board?
A: At least once a month (or when the board becomes dry and lighter in color), rub a generous amount of B's Mineral Oil evenly onto all surfaces of your wooden board using a soft cloth or towel. Allow the oil to soak in overnight, or for at least a few hours, then wipe off any excess oil. After re-oiling your board, apply B's Wax Board Cream to seal the wood and help keep the water out and oil in. Apply an even coat of the Board Cream using a soft cloth or towel; wipe off any excess cream after allowing it a few hours to penetrate the wood surface. Our Behrens Boards are shipped out following multiple coats of B's Mineral Oil and with a B's Wax Board Cream finish. Routine application of B's Mineral Oil and B's Wax Board Cream will provide your board with a fresh look and feel while increasing the life of your board by years. Do not use any type of cooking oil on your wood boards. This will damage your board and can lead to a rancid smell.
Q: B's Mineral Oil or B's Wax Board Cream? Which one should I use?
A: We always recommend using both B's Mineral Oil and B's Wax Board Cream, but the mineral oil should be used first. The food-grade mineral oil penetrates the interior of the board to help replenish and protect the wood fibers, while the board cream is a thicker formula that restores the surface and creates a protective seal to help keep the water out and oil in.
Q: How should I store my cutting board?
A: If your board is damp and drying, than store it on end. Once it is dry, store it flat in a dry area away from extreme hot or cold temperatures.
Q: How do I rid my board of odors, stains, or discoloration?
A: A great way to reduce odor from your board is with lemon or lime juice and a little salt. Simply sprinkle your board with salt, quarter a lemon or lime, and use a slice to rub the salt into the board, squeezing juice onto the board as you go.
This can also be performed to treat stains or discoloration, just use a damp sponge instead of a lemon or lime slice. Stubborn stains may require sanding of the area with fine grit sand paper. Make sure to sand with the grain of the wood and never against. The sanding process will expose a new wood surface that needs to be finished with mineral oil and board cream.
Q: Plastic or wood cutting boards… which one is more sanitary?
A: Dr. Dean Cliver, Ph.D conducted a scientific study that proved that maple cutting boards inhibit bacteria growth, while plastic boards have been scientifically proven to harbor bacteria inside the cut groves. Wooden cutting boards are also known to be easier on your expensive knife blades. Click on the button below to read more on Dr. Dean Cliver's study.