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Care & Maintenance

Our John Boos products are built with great quality and fine craftsmanship. With a consistent amount of care and maintenance, you can lengthen the life of your Boos ® purchases for many years. Below you will find information on easy steps to help protect and prolong the life of your product as well as additional product information.

To view a specific Care & Maintenance category, select from the list below:
Cutting Boards
Butcher Blocks - Oil Finish
Butcher Blocks - Varnique Finish
Kitchen Counter Tops - Wood
Wood Table Tops - Oil Finish

Stainless Steel
Warranty


Cutting Boards: Care & Maintenance - Download PDF 

  1. A minimum of once a month (depending upon the use and household conditions), apply an even coat of Boos® Mystery Oil to all surfaces of your wood cutting board using a cloth or disposable towel. Allow the Mystery Oil to fully penetrate through the wood fibers overnight, then wipe off any excess oil. Apply additional oil to any visible dry spots or for any other necessary reasons. For additional protection, it is recommended to use Boos Block® Board Cream to seal the top of the wood surface in conjunction to the Mystery Oil. Apply an even coat of the Board Cream using a cloth or disposable towel. Allow the Board Cream to penetrate the wood surface overnight, then wipe off any excess cream.

    • Boos Block® Mystery Oil is a food-grade oil that easily absorbs and penetrates deeply into the grain of the wood to help protect, revitalize and moisturize the wood fibers.
    • Boos Block® Board Cream contains a natural, unbleached beeswax and food-grade oil formula. Board Cream is denser, thicker which gives a protective top layer to the wood surface against foods and liquids. It helps keep the water out and the oil in.

  2. DO NOT allow liquids of any type to stand on the cutting board for long periods of time. DO NOT let fresh, wet meats lay on the board longer than necessary. Brine, water and blood contain much liquids, which soak into the wood, causing the cutting board to expand, the wood to soften, and affects the strength of the glued joints.

  3. Use a good steel scraper or spatula several times a day, as necessary, to keep the cutting surface clean and sanitary. Scraping the surfaces will remove 75% of the liquids. Do not use a steel brush on the cutting surface of your board.

  4. DO NOT cut fish or poultry on the cutting board work surface, unless you have thoroughly followed the instructions in step #1. The moisture barrier must be intact prior to cutting any type of fish, seafood, or poultry on the cutting board work surface. ALWAYS CLEAN THE CUTTING BOARD THOROUGHLY AFTER CUTTING FISH OR POULTRY.

  5. Be sure NEVER to cut continuously in the same surface area. Distribute your cutting over the entire work surface so that it will wear evenly. DO NOT use a razor-edged cleaver. It will chip or splinter the wood and produce soft spots. Your cleaver should have a dull sharpened edge for best results.

  6. Sanitize your cutting board by wiping all surfaces down with mild dish soap and water. Dry thoroughly. DO NOT wash your wood cutting board with harsh detergents of any type. DO NOT wash your butcher's tools on your cutting board surface. DO NOT put Boos Block® wood cutting boards into dishwasher.

  7. Maintain the same bevel on the edge of your cutting board as it had when purchased. This helps prevent splitting or chipping on the outside of the cutting board.

  8. If your cutting board is reversible, it should be turned over periodically to allow even usage to both work surfaces.

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Butcher Blocks - Oil Finish: Care & Maintenance - Download PDF 

  1. A minimum of once a month (depending upon the use and household conditions), apply an even coat of Boos® Mystery Oil to all surfaces of your butcher block using a cloth or disposable towel. Allow the Mystery Oil to fully penetrate through the wood fibers overnight, then wipe off any excess oil. Apply additional oil to any visible dry spots or for any other necessary reasons. For additional protection, it is recommended to use Boos Block® Board Cream to seal the top of the wood surface in conjunction to the Mystery Oil. Apply an even coat of the Board Cream using a cloth or disposable towel. Allow the Board Cream to penetrate the wood surface overnight, then wipe off any excess cream.

    • Boos Block® Mystery Oil is a food-grade oil that easily absorbs and penetrates deeply into the grain of the wood to help protect, revitalize and moisturize the wood fibers.
    • Boos Block® Board Cream contains a natural, unbleached beeswax and food-grade oil formula. Board Cream is denser, thicker which gives a protective top layer to the wood surface against foods and liquids. It helps keep the water out and the oil in.

  2. DO NOT allow liquids of any type to stand on the butcher block for long periods of time. DO NOT let fresh, wet meats lay on the butcher block longer than necessary. Brine, water and blood contain much liquids, which soak into the wood, causing the butcher block to expand, the wood to soften, and affects the strength of the glued joints.

  3. Use a good steel scraper or spatula several times a day, as necessary, to keep the cutting surface clean and sanitary. Scraping the surfaces will remove 75% of the liquids. DO NOT use a steel brush on the cutting surface of your butcher block.

  4. DO NOT cut fish or poultry on the butcher block work surface, unless you have thoroughly followed the instructions in step #1. The moisture barrier must be intact prior to cutting any type of fish, seafood, or poultry on the cutting board work surface. ALWAYS CLEAN THE BUTCHER BLOCK SURFACE THOROUGHLY AFTER CUTTING FISH OR POULTRY.

  5. Be sure NEVER to cut continuously in the same surface area. Distribute your cutting over the entire work surface so that it will wear evenly. DO NOT use a razor-edged cleaver. It will chip or splinter the wood and produce soft spots. Your cleaver should have a dull sharpened edge for best results.

  6. Sanitize your butcher block by wiping all surfaces down with mild dish soap and water. Dry thoroughly. DO NOT use harsh detergents of any type to wash your butcher block surface. DO NOT wash your butcher's tools on your butcher block surface.

  7. Maintain the same bevel on the edge of your butcher block as it had when purchased. This helps prevent splitting or chipping on the outside of the butcher block.

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Butcher Blocks - Varnique Finish: Care & Maintenance - Download PDF 

  1. Varnique is a beautiful semi-gloss finish that is virtually maintenance free. It is impervious to most household chemicals.
    Cleans up easily with mild soap and water. Wipe dry.

  2. DO NOT cut into a Varnique finish butcher block. Cuts into the finish should be resealed immediately to prevent the exposed wood from absorbing moisture.
    If needed, varnique finish can be spot sanded and finished with EZ-DO wipe-on poly gel.

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Kitchen Counter Tops - Wood: Care & Maintenance - Download PDF 

Extremes of humidity and dryness can swell and shrink hard rock maple and/or oak enough to cause small seasonal checks to appear, usually at the ends of tops or at the end of a lamination. This possibility, though remote, is an unavoidable condition of enjoying the character and beauty of a living material. Cracks filled with a cellulose filler of the right tint become practically invisible. You can help preserve your wood table top by keeping your home humidified in the winter and by refreshing your table often with Boos ® Mystery Oil and/or Boos Block ® Board Cream.

All Butcher Block products is recommended to be oiled on all surfaces with Boos ® Mystery Oil and/or Boos Block ® Board Cream at least once every 1-2 weeks depending on the use or household conditions. This will help protect the wood from damage. With a minimum amount of care and maintenance on your Wood Table Top, you can lengthen the life of the top for many years.

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Wood Table Top - Oil Finish: Care & Maintenance - Download PDF 

Extremes of humidity and dryness can swell and shrink hard rock maple and/or oak enough to cause small seasonal checks to appear, usually at the ends of tops or at the end of a lamination. This possibility, though remote, is an unavoidable condition of enjoying the character and beauty of a living material. Cracks filled with a cellulose filler of the right tint become practically invisible. You can help preserve your wood table top by keeping your home humidified in the winter and by refreshing your table often with Boos ® Mystery Oil and/or Boos Block® Board Cream.

All Butcher Block products is recommended to be oiled on all surfaces with Boos ® Mystery Oil and/or Boos Block ® Board Cream at least once every 3-4 weeks depending on the use or household conditions. This will help protect the wood from damage. With a minimum amount of care and maintenance on your Wood Table Top, you can lengthen the life of the top for many years.

  1. DO NOT wash knives and forks or other utensils on the work surface of your top.

  2. DO NOT wash your top with harsh detergents of any type.

  3. DO NOT place counter tops near excessive heat (such as stove) without proper insulation between heat source and the edge of the counter top.

  4. DO NOT cut off ends, drill holes, make cutouts or otherwise deface tops without refinishing exposed unfinished wood. Guarantee is voided if tops are modified. 

The table top is made of kiln dried wood and dried to a moisture content of 6% making it very susceptible to water and dampness. When cleaning the table top, we ask that the following directions be followed very closely:

  1. Scrape loose with a steel scraper or spatula any heavy food particles or foreign matter that may have adhered to the surfaces.

  2. Brush or scrap all loose particles from the surface.

  3. Take clean dish cloth and dip it into warm soapy, or a very mild detergent water and wash top by wiping the top thoroughly.

  4. Wash out the dish cloth in clear warm water, wring out, and go over the surface again.

  5. Take a dry cloth and go over all surfaces to dry thoroughly.

  6. Periodically (once every 3-4 weeks, depending upon the use and household conditions), apply an even coat of Boos® Mystery Oil and Boos Block ® Board Cream to all surfaces of your wood top. The Boos® Mystery Oil acts as a shampoo that contains oils and minerals that penetrates through the wood surface to increase its longevity. Next, you will want to use the Boos Block® Board Cream, that acts as the conditioner, to seal the top coating of the wood surface.

If any method, other than the ones outlined above, is used in cleaning this top, very serious damage may result.

NOTE: All screws applied to wood tops require a pilot hole. Size or diameter of pilot hole should be 1/32" smaller than the diameter of the screw up to a #10. Wood screws #12 and larger should be 1/16" smaller than the diameter of the screw. Depth of pilot hole to equal portion of screw penetrating top. Use care to not drill through face. No guarantee of any kind is expressed or implied except as pertaining to material and workmanship.

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Stainless Steel: Care & Maintenance - Download PDF 

  1. Keep Stainless Steel clean. DO NOT allow liquids to stand on stainless steel for prolonged periods of time. DO NOT allow food particles, dirty, or other foreign matter to stay in contact with stainless steel for prolonged periods of time. Keeping stainless steel clean, assists in the deterring of bacterial growth.

  2. It is recommended that Boos® Stainless Steel Cleaner is used with a disposable towel when cleaning the stainless steel. DO NOT USE an abrasive cleaner! This will scratch the surface of the metal. Chlorine bleach should not be used to clean the stainless surfaces. If chlorine bleach is used, it must be thoroughly rinsed off immediately with water.

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Product Warranty

The only warranty, expressed or implied, is a one year guarantee against defect in workmanship and material.

This warranty does not apply to damages which may result from neglect, accidental or intentional damage, damage or wear to any swivel mechanism, normal wear and tear, misuse of product, unauthorized repair, exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, and alteration or abuse of the product. Wood products ordered "unfinished" do not come with a warranty.

Repairs or replacement under this limited warranty will be made through an authorized John Boos & Co. distributor, if possible, the same dealer/distributor from which the product was purchased. Should the dealer or factory representative find return of the product to the factory necessary, all packing and shipping costs will be the responsibility of the customer. If a dealer/distributor is not available, contact the Customer Service Department at John Boos & Co., 3601 S. Banker St, Effingham, IL 62401 or call at (888) 431-2667 for the name and location of the nearest authorized distributor.

Factory obligation under this warranty, is limited, at the option of John Boos & Co. to repair or replacement of the product (or one of equal type and quality if the product is no longer available), within 90 days after receipt of written recommendation from the dealer, provided none of the above exceptions are evident. John Boos & Co. shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising from use, or for consequential damages. This warranty gives certain legal rights and there may be other rights that vary from state to state.

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