Bamboo is denser than other types of wood and is the reason its durability. With the proper care and everyday cleaning and treatment, you may lengthen their use for decades. Below are some pointers to take proper care of your bamboo cutting boards.

Before using the bamboo cutting boards for the first time, it is recommended to apply food grade mineral oil. It is recommended to reapply oil at least once a month, because the mineral oil will protect the bamboo from micro organisms and every day use. Prior to the oil application, heat and use a cotton cloth to apply the oil on the bamboo cutting board. As you are applying the oil, use deep strokes to get it into the wood. Once this is finished, allow the board to soak up the oil for about twenty-five minutes and then you can wipe the board clean with a clean piece of cloth.

After each use, it’s recommended to clean them properly along with your other kitchenware. Wash the board with detergent (do not put it into dishwasher). If you have used the bamboo cutting board for slicing meat, it’s also good to sterilize the board. After washing, make sure the boards are dried well before storing to prevent microorganisms from developing on the damp board .

In addition, do not forget to use mineral oil periodically to improve the elegance of the bamboo cutting board. It maintains the radiance of the bamboo and increases its beautiful grains. At the same time, using this oil will increase the life of your bamboo cutting board.

Finally, if you are applying any coating to the resurfaced board, make sure that the chemicals present in the finishing are safe for food preparation.


Pour a generous quantity of mineral oil on the bamboo cutting board once it is absolutely dry. The quantity will depend on the size of the board. For reference this board is 12×15 inches and it took four tablespoons to treat the whole board. Use as much or as little as it takes, a portion of the oil soaks into the cloth in addition to the wood. Then proceed to wipe the oil onto the body of the bamboo cutting board. Making sure to cover both ends and all the sides and outer edges. Once you’ve covered all of the surfaces, set the board aside to dry.


You want to use mineral oil on your bamboo cutting board to maintain the natural oils and prevent the fibers of the wood from drying out. The purpose of board oil is to penetrate the bamboo and saturate the fibers, to be able to stop other liquids (blood, micro organisms) and moisture from soaking into the board. A properly-oiled bamboo cutting board will retain its shape when the wooden fibers are saturated, so it’ll no longer change compared to a board that is left to completely dry, and is then exposed to water.


You can pick up a bottle of mineral oil at the drugstore.


Mineral oil (every now and then it is called liquid paraffin) is a non-toxic, non-drying product derived from petroleum that is colorless, odorless, and flavorless.

Beeswax is also a popular material for reducing board maintenance.

Coconut oils have grown to be extraordinarily popular for a multitude of purposes, especially in beauty, because it is high in saturated fat which is beneficial for skin health. Food grade coconut oil is good for your bamboo or wooden cutting board because it is highly resistant to rancidity..

Maintaining your bamboo cutting board is very simple if you know how, so we hope this short manual will make sure you have a sanitary and cherished bamboo cutting board for decades to come.


  • by
    Posted March 5, 2018 1:10 am 0Likes

    The board needs to be washed with warm water and mild soap and dried before putting on oil, right? I would like to use grape seed oil instead mineral oil. Your thoughts please. Thank you!

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      Royal Craft Wood
      Posted March 6, 2018 12:10 pm 0Likes

      Hi Elizabeth, thank you for your comment.

      Yes, it is needed to wash the board and let it dry thoroughly before you oil it. We do not recommend grape seed oil.

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    Posted November 24, 2018 7:19 pm 0Likes

    so coconut oil to maintain is good?

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      Royal Craft Wood
      Posted November 26, 2018 10:59 am 0Likes

      Thank you for your comment. Good question!
      Coconut oil is slow to oxidize and resistant to rancidification, because of its high saturated fat content. On the other hand, there are reports of boards that have been treated with coconut oil beginning to smell after a long period of time.
      Therefore, you should be very careful when choosing right coconut oil for this purposes. You should find a specifically refined coconut oil that does not go rancid and has no coconut flavor, scene and is pure liquid at normal temperatures. Such coconut oil is good for maintaining your bamboo cutting board cutting board or block.

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    Posted February 11, 2019 7:36 pm 0Likes

    Good article! Thank you for such great information.

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