With every Sonder Los Angeles Cutting Board comes a commitment to quality. We source our sustainable wood materials from around the globe, including here in the United States. We’re extremely proud of our line of cutting boards and stand behind each board that arrives at your door, but we can’t stress enough the importance of proper care. 

Below are some helpful tips to maintain the quality of your board. These care instructions are also included with every purchase.

How to clean your cutting board

We recommend that you hand wash your board in warm soapy water. Then rinse and pat dry immediately with a clean cloth. Stand the board up to allow the board to air dry evenly. Always wash both sides after use for even water absorption.

Hand wash only. Do not soak or submerge in water. Wood products should never be washed in the dishwasher.  

Plainly speaking, soaking a wood cutting board will force it to become water logged and prevent it from fully drying out. This will cause deformations on the wood, known as warping, similar to how wood floors react to floods. 

Properly oiling your board

In addition to properly washing and drying your board, there is no better treatment than making sure your board is well oiled. Treating the wood with Food Grade Mineral Oil (or Beeswax) is imperative.

Your board comes oiled and ready to use. Just give it a quick wash and it’s ready for action! However, we suggest applying oil within 2 weeks of receiving it. Like all wood cutting boards, regular oiling is required to maintain and protect your board. 

Steps on how to oil your wood cutting board

What You Need:  A clean, dry dishtowel and food-grade mineral oil (or beeswax)

Avoid using cooking oils (olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, sesame oil, etc...) to treat your board. These types of oils are high in fat and once oxidized, can become rancid which can transfer an unpleasant smell into the wood.

Make sure your board is clean and completely dry before applying any oil. 

Step 1. Apply the mineral oil using a clean, dry dishtowel. Start with one teaspoon of the oil and evenly spread over the entire board using the dishtowel. Make sure to apply the oil on the sides and grooves of the board, add more oil as needed. Flip the board over, and repeat the application on the reverse side.

Step 2. Leave the oil to absorb into the wood for several hours, or overnight if possible.

Step 3. Remove excess oil using a dry, clean cloth, and wipe off any remaining oil so the board does not feel greasy.

IMPORTANT:  Oiling is vital to protect the board from unwanted moisture such as bacteria, to prevent the wood from drying out which can lead to cracking, and to preserve the rich natural colors of the wood. We recommend oiling your board with a food grade mineral oil every 2-3 weeks or as soon as it appears dry. This will have a huge impact on the lifespan of your board.

Any further questions?

We're here to assist you and help extend your boards lifespan. You can email us at hello@sonderla.com, text us at 323-379-3045 (weekdays 10 - 6 pm PST) or visit our FAQ page