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Black Mold spot on my wooden cutting board. HELP

I purchased a wooden cutting board from Art on the Green in Couer d'Alene. I never soak it. I clean it as soon as I am through using it.I have had it about 3 years. It's made of different woods in a beautiful pattern.
I tried to put Lemon juice on it, vinegar, and bleach but nothing is touching it. does anybody out there have any helpful hints? Is this dangerous?

asked by Fran McGinty over 3 years ago
12 answers 18768 views
Open-uri20130203-7046-1u7cxkg-0
added over 3 years ago

Thank you. I did not want to throw it out It's a beautiful piece of art.

Buddhacat
SKK
added over 3 years ago

This happened to a neighbor and she used a sander and the spots came off. Then she wiped the board with mineral oil.

Dscn2212
boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

Yes, the mold needs to go. Make a solution of 1/2 teaspoon bleach to 2 cups cool water. Wash the board with soapy water, rinse, then treat with sanitizing solution.

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Sam1148

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added over 3 years ago

Do you cut potatoes on it? Those can cause black spots on wood.

Open-uri20130203-7046-1u7cxkg-0
added over 3 years ago

Thank you every one. I do cut potatoes on it Sam1148 I thought for sure that would be safe. I didn't know that would cause black spots. I keep all meat and proteins off of it.

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added over 3 years ago

For refinishing the surface, a cabinet scraper is actually a better alternative than sandpaper, but requires some skill and practice.

If you do sand the board, after you think you've got it really, really smooth (and Sam has it backwards, the higher the number, the finer the sandpaper, so you might start with 100 and move to 180. Finer than that is probably not necessary) you need to 'raise the grain' before oiling it. Take your nice smooth board and dip it in water and let it dry. All of a sudden, it'll be really fuzzy again. Sand it again and raise the grain and re-sand maybe once more before you oil it.

Also, this may be basic, but if you're using a wooden board, always treat both sides the same: when you oil it, oil both sides; when you wash it, get both sides wet and dry it with both sides exposed. Do NOT wet one side and leave it flat on teh counter to dry. I promise you that you will warp teh board.

Open-uri20130203-7046-1u7cxkg-0
added over 3 years ago

Thank you Innoabrd. I will do as you say. Hopefully this will not happen again.

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added over 3 years ago

Let me know how you come with it. Handy to use a sanding block and work in a circular motion, not just back and forth...

Open-uri20130203-7046-1u7cxkg-0
added over 3 years ago

My wooden board looks Beautiful. Thank you very much. The board soaked up the oil very quickly. How many times should I oil it before I start using it again?

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added over 3 years ago

depends on the oil and how 'thirsty' your board is. What kind of oil? you don't want to do too many applications, you could end up with a kind of sticky mess. I'd start with two, maybe three if the second goes really quickly again, and then try another coat in a few weeks if you think it needs it. Keep an eye on it and when you feel it starting to dry out again, do another coat. A lot will depend on how you use it and your climate. Be sure to oil both sides and the edges. Any exposed end grain might need a bit more oil as well. a piece of wood is a bit like a bundle of straws. The wood is designed to take water and nutrients from the soil up to the leaves, so anything applied to the end grain goes deep into the wood quite quickly.

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Peter

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added over 3 years ago

When it comes to oiling wood in the kitchen I've always used the rule I picked up somewhere:

Every day for a week, every week for a month, and every month for a year.

After the year is up... I don't know! I guess once a month. :-)