We are always looking for ways to improve our products, whether it be their design, the raw materials or the finish. For some time we have been mindful that the white mineral oil we have used on all our wooden boards and lazy susans for the past 5 years would require regular maintenance and care. In a hectic world, we are all busy and likely to rarely have time to take the necessary care.
We have tried a number of different products that purport to provide the ultimate protection to timber, and have finally settled on OSMO® TopOil. TopOil (or Polyx-oil to give it its other name) is a blend of organic plant oils and waxes providing a natural finish to the board. The finish is 100% food-safe, conforming to EN-1186, and provides resistance to household substances such as alcohol, fizzy drinks, coffee, tea, fruit juices, milk and water.
Any liquid spillages will tightly bead on the surface without leaving any marks. They should, however, be wiped away with a cloth. The finish not only protects against bacteria but also inhibits the ingress of moisture which could result in cracking.
The result is that our boards require infrequent oiling. Their resistance to staining is greatly improved as the waxes provide a micro-porous surface, so liquids are more inclined to sit on the timber than soak in.
Wooden chopping board care kits
As your board is already finished with OSMO® TopOil we recommend retreating it with the same product, which can be purchased from us or timber specialist. Alternatively, single-use Chopping Board Care Kits may be purchased from us and include all you need to refinish your board. More information on wooden board care can be found here.
Why we chose OSMO
From high quality, beautiful decking, to top of the range wood finishes, Osmo is the wood product specialist. Because the Osmo range is not produced for the mass market, more time can be spent on ensuring all the products are of the best quality. The Osmo team have an ecyclopaedic knowledge of their finishes all of which are produced in Germany – the home of perfection. Osmo UK aims to be as environmentally friendly and ecologically sound as possible and this is reflected in the raw materials and manufacturing of its products.