Maple Block Care

We sell only heirloom quality maple products, made in the USA by Michigan Maple Block, who has been making cutting boards and maple board products for over 100 years. That said, even these high quality, long lasting and sturdy boards need some TLC to have the long life they should have for you and your family!

This page has tips on how you can keep your cutting board lasting from this generation to the next.

How to Clean and maintain a Maple Cutting board for long life and sanitary purposes

After every use your cutting board should be cleaned with a spray of dilluted bleached water and a damp cloth, any excess water should be wiped off with a dry paper towel. This will sanitize the board and prevent excessive moisture from ruining the board. If the cutting board was used to cut something messy, the board can be washed in a sink with scrub cloth, soap and water, but NEVER EVER allow a cutting board to be immersed in water for ANY period of time. The maple wood grains will absorb the water and expand, but the glue joints will not. The absorption and drying process will gradually weaken the glue bonds and destroy your cutting board. If you wash your board in the sink, wash it, and use a paper towel to dry it off immediately.

About once a month, your cutting board should be treated with Emmet’s Elixir! Emmet’s is a proprietary formula of mineral oil and other natural oils with anti-microbial properties that will keep your cutting board saturated with oil, instead of water. The oil helps seal the wood and prevent water absorption from occurring.