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How to Fix Knife Marks on Wooden Cutting Boards


A clean long cutting board by Holland Bowl Mill, before any knife marks on wood cutting board appear.

It is not a rarity that your wooden kitchenware can show signs of aging, especially when you have put them through good use. Even though some utensils and bowls can be buffed back into shape with a good oil, fixing knife marks on wooden cutting boards is not a simple task.

First off, you should not be upset about knife marks on your wooden cutting board. Those cuts and scratches are signs that you have put it through good use, and that it has been a wonderfully reliable tool. In fact, each of those knife marks and other nicks in the wood are features that show off the sturdiness and longevity of your cutting board.

But removing those knife marks requires a bit of work, and a bit of sandpaper. Desirably you should use a find sandpaper that is specifically made for use on both wet and dry wood. Plus, pay attention to the grit. The grit refers to the coarseness of the sandpaper, where a higher number provides less coarseness, but a smoother finish.

Starting with sandpaper with a 200 grit, you can gently remove the scratches. Follow that up with 400 grit sandpaper to produce that smooth finish that you are familiar with.

Of course, proper cleaning and maintenance of your wooden cutting board and wooden bowls will help them stay in good condition even longer. Hand washing is the best method to care for your wooden cutting board, and never soak your cutting board in the sink or put it in the dishwasher, as doing so might cause it to split or crack.

The simplest method is the best option: use warm water and gentle dish soap to clean the surface. Doing so will clean the exterior of your cutting board without the risk of exposing the wood to harmful elements that could destroy or damage the material.

Now that your wooden cutting board looks and feels just as it did when it was new, consider that shape that your knives are in. Sharp knives can make an enormous difference in how you prepare food. When using a sharp knife with a wooden cutting board, you need to apply minimal pressure to avoid creating any deep gashes in the wood.

Normal use of your wooden cutting board will probably create cuts and scratches, but that does not mean that your wooden cutting board is any less useful. By taking good care of your cutting board, just as you would with your wooden bowl, you can help it last for years and years.

Regardless if it is a wooden bowl, cutting board, or utensil, you can be confident that anything purchased from Holland Bowl Mill will look amazing and last a lifetime. Get your own wooden cutting board by adding it to your shopping cart, or call us at (616) 396-6513 to place your order.