End Grain Cutting Board Care: Your Questions Answered & Easy Maintenance Steps

End Grain Cutting Board Care: Your Questions Answered & Easy Maintenance Steps

You might be wondering why am I talking about end grain cutting board care again while I have this rules of board care post, this disinfection and hygiene post, and another one especially on oiling!

To my surprise, even with all of this information (plus endless tips and tricks on my Instagram) I still get tons of questions from clients and friends about end grain cutting board care.

So I have decided to write this post and answer all of the most common end grain cutting board care questions.

I’ll also include a few maintenance tips and tricks to make your life easier.

I hope having all of this in one place helps you care for your cutting board so that it can serve you for a lifetime!

So, without further ado, here are the most common end grain cutting board care questions answered for you by a professional woodworker!

How often do I need to clean my end grain cutting board?

Rinse and drain after each use and disinfect as needed. Once a month is a general rule of thumb but it highly depends on your usage of the board.

What are the steps in cleaning an end grain board?

  1. Disinfect
  2. Rinse
  3. Let dry
  4. Oil / Wax or both

What do I need to clean and disinfect a wood cutting board with?

Cleaning with vinegar is an excellent solution for people with chemical allergies. Lemon juice and salt are great options as well.

Which oil is best for end grain cutting board care?

For best protection treat with linseed oil or FDA Certified mineral oil. For better results you might also use beeswax. You can also use oils such as sunflower, olive etc. are inappropriate for treatment. They become bitter after a while and spoil food taste.

What are some signs my wood cutting board needs maintenance?

Here are some bits of advice which will help you know when is necessary to take care of your board:

• It has become obviously brighter;
• Light spots start to appear along the board’s surface;
• The board’s face appears “dry” and rough on touching;
• Water and liquids get absorbed by the wood. Normally water should stay on the surface without soaking in.

What should I do if my end grain cutting board gets cut marks?

To prevent this from ever happening, treat your end grain cutting board with oil or wax every month. However, we get caught up in life and might forget to do that. In this case just apply a generous coat of oil and let dry. That should help the wood heal and your board look almost as new.

What should I do if my end grain cutting board gets stained from food?

Just apply the process of disinfection and waxing in the video and that should be enough to clear the stains.

End Grain Cutting Board Maintenance Steps

In this video I show you the standard process of caring for your end grain cutting board which should be performed as needed according to your use.

In my home we use our boards daily for chopping and serving and I repeat this process every month to keep them looking great.