Care & Maintenance


WOOD

It is essential to use the best quality raw materials to get the highest quality products.

WALNUT

A new and unfinished walnut is quite dark when first cut, especially the American black walnut varieties. Sunlight will cause walnut to lighten overtime, often bleaching into a light brown, with perhaps a slightly red or purple tint to it.

All woods however can have significant colour variation from one piece to another, as with any natural product.

MAPLE

Maple hardwood has a smooth and attractive, natural appearance with plenty of color contrast to showcase the elegance of the wood even from a distance. Even though we finish our products to protect them from dirt, moisture and scratches, they still require regular maintenance.

 

VENEER

A natural wood product, which requires more attention than other surfaces.

WALNUT/SYCAMORE

When veneer is properly cared for, it will last long and keep looking beautiful.

Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy equipment.

Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface.

Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be kept in direct sunlight.

To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items elsewhere so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor.

We suggest maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.

 

PINE for CUTTING BOARDS:

Our kitchen cutting boards are made from Pinewood, a sturdy material, resistant to cut marks, not abrasive and do not dull knives for the longest time. Wooden cutting boards are known to have many qualities over other materials used for cutting groceries in the kitchen. Being a natural material, wood fibers strive to get back in its natural position, so after cutting it will start to heal itself making the cut marks disappear over time.

Furthermore, scientific evidence proves that bacteria does not grow on wood and it shows the ability to halt the growth of and kill bacteria applied to its surface.  Both new and used wooden cutting boards maintain this ability equally well.

Cutting board is one of the oldest pieces of kitchen equipment and to this day, it remains as one of the most important. It is also one of the most basic tools used in each kitchen for preparing almost every food. Kitchen boards are used to protect the working area from the cut marks while cutting the groceries. Another reason for using kitchen boards is that during cutting, many groceries release juices that can smear the surface of the kitchen workspace and release a color or smells that are difficult to wash. Because of this, it is recommended to have several boards in order to avoid cross-contamination of food with unwanted odors. Our advice is to have one cutting board just for raw meat and fish, which will not be used for cutting other types of vegetables or foods. For practical reasons, you should have separate bread board, cheese board, board for cutting fruit and another board for vegetables, since you certainly do not want to feel sliced apple smell of garlic or onion.

Wash boards after each use in warm, soapy water.  If you have chunks of food stuck on the surface, use a knife or kitchen scraper to remove most of it before washing.  Do not leave boards to soak!  Do not wash wooden cutting boards in the dishwasher.  They will absorb water, and this could trash your cutting board. Dry thoroughly before storing.  I prefer air drying in the dish rack.

To remove odors, rub down with half a lemon or spritz with some vinegar.  This will also help sanitize the board.

Wood cutting boards should be regularly seasoned with a good quality cutting board oil.  You can find them in most hardware stores.  Mineral oil is typically used, since it does not go rancid.  Do not use vegetable oil or olive oil. 

 

MAINTENANCE

For normal cleaning, dust products daily with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. – Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in direction of the wood grain. Do not use dirty or abrasive cloth, which could alter the finish of the product. Never use wax-based products, aerosol-powered cleaners, polishes, waxes, abrasive cleaners, or oily polishes.

 

 

WARNINGS & PRESERVATION

These products are not suited for direct sunlight or contact with chemical based solvents. Always keep the product in a dry place.

 

 

DISCLAIMER

By acknowledging this ‘FINISH DISCLAIMER’ you understand that there will be variation in colour and tone within the product and from product to product.

 

Any sample products should be taken as indicative of the wood and finish, however it is not possible to guarantee an exact colour match.

Over time, sunlight will cause the wood to darken and mellow throughout its life. Oils in the skin will accelerate this process with any areas that are regularly touched.

Solid wood pieces may also be subject to rough grain protruding from previously smooth surfaces. This is usually caused in humid conditions or areas where spillage has occurred, the water having been absorbed into the wood causing the grain to swell.