Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How do I care and clean my Cutting Board?
Answers: There are many ways to keep your board clean and bacteria free.
1) Hand Wash: Wash your cutting board with hot soapy water like other items you hand wash. Do Not leave your cutting board in standing water. Dry your board after washing, as prolonged contact to water will weaken the surface fibers on wooden cutting boards.
Disclaimer: Our products are NOT dishwasher safe. (Yes, I have to state this in writing).
2) Vinegar: Vinegar is a great disinfectant. Wipe the board down with white vinegar after each use. Vinegar is effective against harmful things such as; E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.
3) Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent killer of bacteria. Simply wipe on with a paper towl and then clean the board off with a wet rag or sponge.
4) Lemons: Lemons will not only help sanitize a board but will also get rid of any odors from cutting onions, garlic, raw meats, or fish on your board. Simply rub a cut lemon all over your board, then wipe down with a wet rag or sponge. (Lemon juice from a bottle is a good substitute).
5) Salt Paste: For a deep cleaning, you can make a paste by mixing salt and lemon juice. You can also make a great cleaning paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda, salt & water. Scrub your board down with either paste mix and then rinse the board thoroughly with warm water.
6) Bleach: You can use a diluted solution of bleach to clean butcher blocks or counter top cutting boards. 1 teaspoon of bleach, with 1 liter of water. Scrub down your board. Again, clean the board with a wet rag or sponge afterwards, then buff dry with a clean cloth.
Question: What is the difference between "End Grain" and "Long Grain" cutting boards?
Long Grain cutting boards: They have a striped look to them, (meaning the wood pieces run the entire length of the board). They are more economical and provide a flatter surface than an End Grain cutting board.
End Grain cutting boards: They have a checkered look to them. They are slightly more expensive and last much longer than a Long grain board. They are also better for keeping your knives sharp, as they allow the blade of the knife to chop down into the end grain wood fibers.
Question: Is there anything else I can do to protect and maintain my custom cutting board?
Answer: Yes, because we use Watco's butcher block oil, you will not need to apply oil to your board nearly as much as you would with a board that is protected with mineral oil. It is recommended that you reapply mineral oil once a month, but with Watco's products, you may only have to resurface your board once a year, (depending on how much you use the board).
Resurface your board yourself
----To resurface your board yourself, sand your boards surface with 40 grit sand paper, (to remove some of the knife marks) then 60 grit, then 100 grit, and finally with 220 grit to smooth the surface. Wipe the board with a damp cloth to remove all dust and let dry, (or use an air compressor to blow all the dust off). Apply 2-3 coats of Watco's butcher block oil, (allowing 12-24 hours between coats to dry). We like to lightly use 400 grit sand paper in between each coat to remove dust / grit that has settled in the oil. Let cure for a couple days before using the board. You can purchase Watco's butcher block oil at your local Lowe's or online.
Claw's Exotic Wood Designs offers resurfacing services.
----Depending on its usage, we recommend that you send us your board every few years or so to get resurfaced. (Contact us for more details). Our standard resurfacing charge is $20. You will be responsible for any shipping charges.
Question: Are exotic woods safe for use in cutting boards?
Answer: Yes, all the woods used in our products are considered food safe, although some people may have specific allergies to specific woods. Please consult your allergist, if you think you may have such an allergy.
We try to use hard, tight-grained woods and varnished based oils to seal the pours in the wood, ensuring a flat, clean surface for your cutting needs.
You should not use woods that leach oils, such as Rosewoods, or use woods that are soft and do not have tight grains, such as; pine, fur and cedar.
Question: Are the oils used on Claws Designs cutting boards safe?
Answer: Yes, we use Watco's "Food Safe" butcher block oil. It seals the wood and puts a nice shine on the board. This type of butcher block oil lasts much longer than the standard mineral oil that other manufacturers use.
Question: Which is better, Wood or Plastic for cutting boards?
Answer: Wood is easier on knife blades and can be easily resurfaced to look like new again, where as plastic boards, (once cut up) are more susceptible to harboring bacteria inside the cut marks and will need to be thrown out after too much use.