Wood Care

Get the most our of your “My Butchers Block” product

Product Warranty

The only warranty, expressed or implied, is a one year guarantee against defect in workmanship and material. This warranty does not apply to damages which may result from neglect, accidental or intentional damage, damage or wear to any swivel mechanism, normal wear and tear, misuse of product, unauthorized repair, exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, and alteration or abuse of the product. Wood products ordered “unfinished” do not come with a warranty. Repairs or replacement under this limited warranty will be made through an authorized My Butchers Block distributor, if possible, the same dealer/distributor from which the product was purchased. Should the dealer or factory representative find return of the product to the factory necessary, all packing and shipping costs will be the responsibility of the customer. If a dealer/distributor is not available, contact My Butchers Block or email info@mybutchersblock.co.za. Factory obligation under this warranty, is limited, at the option of My Butchers Block. to repair or replacement of the product (or one of equal type and quality if the product is no longer available), within 90 days after receipt of written recommendation from the dealer, provided none of the above exceptions are evident. My Butchers Block. shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising from use, or for consequential damages.

How to repair your cutting board

Care & Maintenance

Step 1: The Wash (DO DAILY)

Photo by Alex Lau

Wash your cutting board with water (soap is fine too), including the underside and edges, removing anything that’s stuck to it with a lint-free rag. Most people only wash the top, and that actually ends up hurting the board. When moisture reacts with grain, it swells, and if the swelling isn’t uniform, it can warp the board. A rocking cutting board usually means that only one side was washed.

Photo by Alex Lau

Then, wipe down the board and let it dry thoroughly overnight, standing it on edge (shown above) so that both large faces are facing out.

Photo by Alex Lau

Step 2: Disinfect (DO WEEKLY)

To disinfect, sprinkle baking soda on the surface of the cutting board, then work it into the surface stains with a lemon (which also makes the board smell amazing, by the way) or a gentle sponge or wash cloth. Rinse the board and dry it with a towel.

If your board has any sour or mould-like smell, you can also put a cup of baking powder onto the board and pour a cup of white vinegar over the board. The combination of these two ingredients will create an oxidization process that will remove stains and (hopefully) any lingering smells left in your cutting board. For a more natural route, you can also cut lemons in half and rub the board down with the sides of the lemon. Let sit for a few minutes before rinsing off.

Step 3: The Oil (DO DAILY / WEEKLY – when boards become dull)

The next morning, use your hands to apply a generous layer of mineral oil to the sides, top, bottom, and any groove, grip, or handle. You don’t need puddles of oil on your board, just enough to cover the wood with an even coat. Let the oil soak into the board for at least three hours. Leave it on its edge to dry just like before.

Photo by Alex Lau

Photo by Alex Lau

With this cleaning process, the wood should look great for decades.

If deep cut marks start to show up on the face of the wood, you can sand out deep ridges by taking sand paper to the entire face of the board. You have to sand evenly, which takes time, but it can give the board a whole new life. Make sure to start from the beginning of the cleaning process after.

Sometimes your board will warp, even with the best of care. In that case, get a new one. When the glued joints start to fail or heavy cracks develop, food and bad bacteria can start to build up and potentially make you sick. We don’t want that.


  • Do NOT put a wooden cutting board in the dishwasher
  • Do NOT let it soak in water.
  • Do NOT stack boards when they wet or damp
  • Do NOT use other organic oils, as the fats in those oils can and will spoil, turning rancid and causing your cutting board to stink.

Oils work by occupying the space in the wood fibres and preventing water from entering your board and causing cracks and splits. These little crevices are where bacteria love to hide and multiply, so preventing your board from having small fractures is the key to keeping your cutting board sanitary.