There are 2 methods for caring for woodcrafts. I prefer natural materials that are simple to maintain. These woodcrafts are given beauty and strength with time, and they can last lifetimes.
Some people prefer toxic, unnatural materials which seem durable at first, but they are difficult to maintain and restore when they turn ugly.
All woods will change color with exposure to sunlight and refinishing. This is a natural change that can accent the beauty in the wood.
Proper care means avoid anything that removes oils from the wood: avoid strong cleaners, dishwashers, soaking in water, boiling water, rainy weather.
Clean with a towel and water or light soap, without soaking the wood. It’s usually a good idea to oil the surface after using dish soap.
Kitchenware is exposed to heat, water and soap, and the oils will need to be occasionally restored. Wet the surface with kitchen oil or natural wood finish to the surface after washing, or whenever the wood feels dry. The wood will become more durable with age and need oiling less often.
Restoring the finish is easy: Apply a coat of natural wood finish or similar finish, and allow to dry. Occasionally restore the finish if it looks scratched, faded or you just want it to feel like new again.