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Cutting Board Discolouration: Causes and Prevention

April 10, 2018

Over time, cutting boards will suffer discolouration, especially if you do not care for them in the correct manner. While some causes of this problem are normal, others may signify that there is bacteria present on your boards even after a thorough cleaning. With proper care, you may be able to avoid severe stains and other colour changes in these boards. The way to care for your cutting boards in the best manner is to understand the various causes for discolouration and how to prevent each.

Certain Foods Can Stain Cutting Boards

Beets, berries and other types of foods can be a cause for stains on cutting boards. Foods such as these have natural colouring agents that at times have even been used in place of dyes. Clean your boards as quickly as possible after they come into contact with this type of food to prevent the stains from drying into what may possibly be a permanent discolouration in some cases.

The Normal Aging Process Can Discolour Your Cutting Boards

Depending upon the material in your cutting boards, the normal aging process might be the reason for their discolouration. At times, this is a sign that the boards need replacing, but you may be able to extend their lifespan by hiring a company to professionally recondition them.

Improper Cleaning Methods Fail to Remove Stains

When you do not clean your cutting boards the right way, you will fail to remove the stains from them. As the stains dry on the boards over and over again without proper removal, the cutting boards retain their discolouration and if they are wood, you may never be able to return them to their original colour without professional assistance. Washing cutting boards in the dishwasher or soaking them in a bleach solution are the two top methods of removing stains from them. Before placing them in the dishwasher, though, ensure that they are made from dishwasher-safe materials.

Poor-Quality Cutting Boards Discolour Easily

Another major reason for discolouration is that the materials in the cutting boards are poor quality. Inexpensive boards may not always be a wise purchase since they discolour and wear out sooner than high-quality ones do with normal daily use.

For further information about cutting board discolouration and prevention methods for this problem, consult with Cutting Board Services. Our company provides mobile reconditioning services to extend the life of your present cutting boards whenever possible. We also sell durable, quality polyethylene cutting boards if you are in need of new ones. You can select from various sizes, colours, thicknesses and grades to ensure that you purchase boards that suit your needs in the best manner.

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