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Nov 25, 2006 03:59 AM

stinky boo board

carved the beautifully cooked and moist turkey on my new boo board yesterday... but in my hurry, forgot about the mineral oil pretreatment.

now it's stained and stinky.

tried hot water and soap solution and let dried. didn't work.
tried vinegar solution and let dried. didn't work.

next is lemon and salt but need to go to the store for a lemon. any other thoughts?


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  1. Boo = bamboo?

    Cutting boards of any material are going to get cut, stained and otherwise used looking. When they need a real resurfacing, try 800 grit sandpaper on an orbital sander

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      I think the OP has one of these:

      They have a product support section but they strongly advise using mineral oil as a moisture barrier before cutting fish or poultry!

      Good luck tuborg_gron!

    2. I suggest you douse the surface with clorox bleach. Give it a good scrub and let it soak for an hour or so. Then rinse well and let dry completely before oiling. I have a maple-top butcher block island and I do this every so often to keep things on the up and up. It kills any bacteria that might be lurking and removes any stains, while also dissolving soaked-in grease. If the board is decent quality (and it seems like it is) this shouldn't hurt it at all.

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      1. re: Nyleve

        I scrape down my J.Boos baker's table with a bench knife, then douse it with white distilled vinegar, then scrape that off. Following that, I use a towel soaked and wrung out to wipe off the vinegar. Finally, a drying with a clean towel.
        Not EVERY time, but at regular intervals, or following heavy and messy useage.

      2. I think viegar works well fo most odors you may also want to try a Magic Eraser. Its used for wiping stains of walls but it has a very fine grit that could be helpful in stain removal on wood (wiped the peranent marker off my rubber wood table). Make sure the board is dry when you use it but lightly moisten the Eraser.

        1. What about rubbing with a baking soda paste, letting it dry and sit for a while before washing off.