Many of us love wooden wares and how they instantly add a gorgeous touch of rusticity to the table, but immediately shy away when they know about the maintenance required. I mean, isn't skin maintenance enough work already?
It's our job to let you know that caring for your wooden pieces is actually really simple, and you can probably do it with the things you already have in your pantry.
Meals look beautiful in them and guests love eating food off of them. They're safe around kids, and the good quality ones are made to last for years with proper care. Trust us, the pros really outweigh the little bit of maintenance effort.
So, let's get started on
What you SHOULD do
- Always hand-wash with warm water and mild dish soap.
- Dab dry with a clean dish towel after wash and leave to air dry completely.
- Store in a cool and dry place.
- Periodically apply food-grade mineral oil or beeswax compound to maintain the wooden wares. By oiling your wooden platter, you are not just moisturizing it and preventing it from cracking, you are also creating a barrier that protects the wood from the food.
- Never chuck any wooden ware or utensils in the dishwasher. Remember, heat and water can be wood's worst enemies.
Do not leave them sitting in water or any wet ingredients for more than an hour.
(The extended period of soaking in water will cause wood to split.)
Avoid direct sunlight.
(The extended period under bright light will dry out the wood and lighten the colour.)
- To get rid of any stains or odour, sprinkle salt on the surface and use a halved lemon to gently rub in circular motion. Set aside for 15 mins before rinsing off with warm water.
- To remove scratches, use a light grade sandpaper and carefully sand the scratched area. Wipe off with a clean cloth and apply food-grade mineral oil or beexwax compound.
- Do a deep cleansing every 3 months (or more often with higher frequency of use). Start with Step 1 above and let it dry completely before applying food-grade mineral oil or beeswax compound. For oiling, drizzle a few drops of oil and rub with a clean cloth. Allow for the oil to be fully absorbed before use.
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