Clean and Maintain Custom Boards

Jul 1st 2024

The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Cleaning Custom Plastic Cutting Boards

Your custom plastic cutting boards are workhorses in the kitchen, taking on the daily grind of food prep. Just like any hardworking tool, proper maintenance and cleaning are essential to ensure their longevity and hygiene. This guide equips you with the knowledge to keep your custom plastic cutting boards in top shape, maximizing their lifespan and minimizing the risk of contamination.

Daily Cleaning Routine

  • Immediate Washing: Wash your cutting boards immediately after use, especially after handling raw meat, poultry, or seafood. Don't let food particles dry on the surface, as this can attract bacteria and become more difficult to remove later.
  • Hot, Soapy Water: Use hot (around 140°F/60°C) water and a grease-cutting dish soap to scrub the board thoroughly. Pay particular attention to grooves, nicks, and areas around the handle where food debris can accumulate.
  • Scrubbing Power: Employ a stiff-bristled brush or a dedicated cutting board scrubber to remove stubborn food particles and grime. Avoid abrasive cleaning pads, as they can scratch the surface and create harboring spots for bacteria.
  • Rinse and Sanitize: Rinse the board thoroughly with clean, hot water to remove all soap residue. For an extra layer of protection, sanitize the board with a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide or a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. Let the solution sit on the board for 5-10 minutes before rinsing again.

Deep Cleaning for Tough Stains and Odors

Even with consistent daily cleaning, deep cleaning might be necessary occasionally to tackle stubborn stains and lingering odors.

  • Baking Soda Paste: For stubborn stains, create a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stained area and let it sit for 30 minutes before scrubbing with a brush and rinsing thoroughly.
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and can help neutralize lingering odors. Rub a lemon half on the board and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.

General Maintenance Tips

  • Dishwasher Safety: All of the cutting boards we sell are top-rack dishwasher safe due to its high heat resistance. However, opt for handwashing whenever possible for maximum lifespan.
  • Drying Completely: Never store wet cutting boards. Moisture promotes bacterial growth. Allow the boards to air dry completely on a designated drying rack before storing them.
  • Designated Storage: Store your cutting boards in a clean, dry area away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Avoid storing them near raw meat or other potential contaminants.
  • Regular Inspection: Inspect your cutting boards regularly for signs of wear and tear, such as deep scratches, cracks, or warping. If a board becomes excessively damaged, replace it to prevent potential contamination.
  • Sharpen Your Knives: Dull knives can damage cutting board surfaces more readily. Maintain sharp knives to minimize nicks and scratches on your boards.

By following these simple yet effective cleaning and maintenance practices, you can extend the lifespan of your custom plastic cutting boards and ensure they remain hygienic tools in your restaurant kitchen. Remember, a well-maintained cutting board is a safe cutting board!