Board Care Tips

Basic Cleaning

Use straight hot water and a “Scotch Brite” scrubby.  Using a circular motion, clean using only the rough side.  Do not use any soap. If you don’t have a Scotch Brite pad, a dish cloth and coarse salt will also work. If you are concerned about contamination from meat, chicken or fish,  splash the board with a little white vinegar and scrub in.  Rinse with hot water and towel dry.  Be sure to dry off all surface water.

NEVER immerse in water or put into the dishwasher.  This will surely cause failures in the joints.  Set the board on its side and allow to finish drying naturally.  After completely dry, another coat of mineral oil can be applied.All boards have been treated with two coats of food grade mineral oil.  They can be used for proteins or vegetables.  If you use vinegar to clean often, you will need to re-coat your board.  Food grade mineral oil is available at your local grocery or pharmacy.

If you never use the board, it may need another coat of food grade mineral oil after 6 months or so, depending on the lack of humidity in your location.

A Couple of Tips

The sharper your knives, the less damage to the board.  Extremely sharp knives will glide over the board while cutting the food.  Dull knives will take more pressure to cut through food, thereby applying more pressure into the wood.

Serrated knives.  Look at the knife.  It looks like a saw.  How do we cut large pieces of wood into smaller ones?  With a saw.  So continuing to use a serrated knife will damage the heck out of your board. 

After cleaning, set your board on the edge to dry.  Set it in a way that air can flow around the entire board.  Setting a board on its end to dry will cause the moisture to wick down towards the end and saturate the end grain.  Since your board is made up of different  kinds of wood, they react and move to moisture differently.  Having the end sit in moisture causes an uneven saturation on the end and joint failures will occur if this practice is maintained.  Always set the board on it’s edge to dry.

If you only use one side and wash only one side, the board may begin to warp.  After washing the used side, simply allow the other side to get wet.  Then dry normally. The board should start to even out after a couple of days.

Never set a wet board down flat.  I guarantee it will warp!  But after some attention, it will go back.


All boards are fully guaranteed as long as proper maintenance is followed.  If a failure happens, upon inspection, the board will be repaired or replaced at Tio Leo’s discretion.  Boards that are just plain worn out (used a lot) can be applied toward a 50% off credit on a new board of comparable size.  

All shipping is not included.

Things That Will Void Your Guarantee

  • Putting your board in the dishwasher

  • Using serrated knives

  • Putting any type of finish or oil other than food grade mineral oil

  • Using as a grilling plank

  • Using as a skateboard ramp 

  • Not cleaning after every use 

  • Soaking in water to clean

  • Placing in hot oven

  • Using as a wheel chock



About the Wood

All of our products are landfill-friendly.

All the wood is repurposed – not once or twice, or even three times, but multiple times down to ashes! Assorted wood pieces are rescued from custom staircase and cabinetry shops, and felled trees.

Each piece of wood has been carefully chosen primarily for cutting boards. Then smaller pieces become Pepper Mills, Wine Bottle Stoppers, Pens...the trimmings are used to smoke delicious BBQ (with Tio Leo's Seasonings) for family and friends, down to compostable ash. The ashes are ultimately spread as compost in the garden.

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