Like everything that is wooden , the cutting board fears only prolongated contact with water and/or steam! The main idea is to never let the wooden board soak in water.
What to do the first time you get the board:
- generously oil it with olive oil or other edible oil, untill it is saturated (oil don’t enter the board anymore).
- You can leave the oil on the board overnight
- You can slightly warm the oil so it penetrates better the wood.
Once every few months :
- put some oil on the board (light oiling) qnd let it penetrate overnight
Everyday use :
- Clean it as you clean anything else (manually). Let water run on it from you tap, then use your usual dishwashing soap, your regular spong/scrub sponge if you want.
- roughly wimp it to remove excess water if you can, or simply shake it once or twice
- let it rest on the side, where the water will further evaporates.
What not to do :
- put the cutting board in the dishwasher.
- This is dangerous for the board, it may twist/crack, and become permanently curved.
- Your board is not available untill the dishwasher is launched and finished.
- And you don’t gain any time : The time to put the board in and out the dishwasher is about the same as the time for a fast sponge cleaning.
- let the cutting board soak in water (for instance in your kitchen sink)
What you could try :
- use your cutting board as a trivet (table mat)