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Chopping Boards

How to oil and maintain a wooden cutting board

They only get more beautiful with time, especially if well cared for.

Over the years there have been many tests on whether plastic cutting boards are safer from contamination than wood. Most tests have proven that wood can actually be safer. Scientifically proven, wood has a great natural ability to decontaminate itself, killing most micro organisms and bad bacteria, making it an extremely hygienic surface for food preparation.

Cleaning the Board:

You want your cutting board to be as clean as possible and thoroughly dry. You can either use a half lemon and coarse salt mix which helps neutralise any odour, or clean with warm soapy water. Wipe it clean with a tea towel. If you can, leave your board upright this will allow the board to air dry thoroughly. To help prevent the board from warping use the board on both sides, don’t leave the board in the sun for too long and if you can, avoid putting the board in the dishwasher or leave soaking.

Oiling  Chopping Boards:

Oiling a chopping board is essential. Oil the board weekly or monthly depending on how often you use the board. Detergents and soaps used for cleaning tend to wash out the oils which help to seal the wood and prevent the wood from absorbing too much moisture which can cause splitting, warping and mould. After cleaning and drying the board thoroughly, apply the oil in an even layer over the wood using a clean, soft cloth or paper towel. Let the oil soak in for at least one hour or overnight if possible. Using a dry, clean cloth or paper towel, buff off any excess oil so that the board does not feel damp or sticky.

Recommended food-safe oils:

We use a straight mineral oil on our products but most vegetable oils are safe to use.  Below are some of our recommendations

Walnut Oil
Almond Oil

Mineral Oil
Coconut Oil

As most of our products are provided by Mother Nature we recommend keeping them out of direct sunlight as this can cause fading and warping.


Salt and Pepper Grinders

To prolong its beautiful color, keep out of direct sunlight and just wipe clean with a damp cloth.  It's very important to make sure you put the Pepper in the Pepper Grinder and Salt in the Salt grinder.  Getting it wrong will cause a fault in the mechanism.  Our Kauri Salt and Pepper range is lacquered and does not require any on going care.


Multi Bar Placemats, Kauri Coasters and Macrocarpa Coasters

You can keep these looking there best by oiling them with a mineral oil or vegetable oil every 3/6 months.


Wooden Signs

For our Macrocarpa signs you can choose between a straight oil finish for that rustic look or if you are after a higher end finish we use Bondal - Monoseal Gold Marine Grade varnish for a longer wearing varnish finish. 

Bondal Monoseal Gold:  Because this is a high-performance, marine grade  finish  which incorporates advanced nanoZTM technology specifically to combat the effects of UV light exposure.  There is little maintenance required for your signs, how ever you may decide to lightly sand a re coat annually to keep your sign looking its best.

The Monocel Gold Clear Timber Varnish provides the highest level of protection to preserve the colour and texture of interior and exterior timber surfaces

Mineral Oil:  Using a mineral oil does require regular up keep of exterior signs due to our harsh NZ elements, we recommend re oiling your sign every 3/6 months to preserve the beautiful golden look of the Macrocarpa or if you prefer, you can leave the sign to silver off for a more rustic beach feel.