Each unique piece should be used hard, but treated with care to ensure that they will be used and appreciated for many years.
Clean your handcrafted cutting and serving boards by hand with a little soap and hot water. Please, NO DISHWASHER! Wipe by hand and allow it to dry upright. White vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or lemon can be used to disinfect and remove harsh odors. Apply, let stand for a few minutes, rinse and dry, then (preferably) apply mineral oil, let stand, wipe off excess.
Do not leave your real wood cutting/serving board in standing water. This can cause the board to split and or just make some ugliness.
Store your handcrafted cutting/serving boards in a clean, dry place.
Use a food-safe mineral oil (available at your local drug store) to polish your board (preferably) about once a month, depending on use. This will help maintain a desired finish, help prevent cracking, and seal the grain aiding against bacteria and the penetration of moisture. I prefer mineral oil as it is readily available and easy to use for the end user.
Flax seed oil, walnut oil, butcher block oil (some hardware stores have it or can order it for you), and beeswax are all acceptable alternatives. Mineral oil is easiest to purchase and apply. Stay away from vegetable/cooking/salad (i.e..food) oils, which will turn rancid quickly.
Warming the mineral oil a bit is best; submerge the bottle in warm (not boiling hot) water. Rub the oil with a lint-free cloth if you wish or your bare hands. Mineral oil is very safe. Allow the oil to soak in and add more where needed. Wait about four to six hours and then wipe off the excess oil that did not soak in all the way. If oil is challenging to wipe, simply add a bit more to loosen it up and wipe immediately.
At times you may wish to lightly sand the board to remove scratches and cuts. Please sand in line with the grain starting with a medium grit and moving to your preferred smoothness. Example: 120 then 220 then 320. Then oil as described above.