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Has anyone ever sanded a bamboo board? I made some chili a couple of nights ago and set five cans of beans and tomato product on my bamboo board, and now it has five rings on it that a conventional cleaning did not remove. I wonder if I can just take some very fine grit sand paper to it to try and remove the stains.

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Date:November 17th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
seems to me there are two ways it could go: it could make it worse, or (more likely in my mind) it could make it better. I guess it comes down to how much do you love your cutting board (or how much do you not want to have to replace it) vs. how much do you care about a few rings on it? Personally, I could care less if there are spots or rings on mine, I look at them as proof it's used, or "War wounds," if you prefer.

If it makes you feel better, I've got a bamboo cutting board that I've never had to resurface, but has had various stains and marks on it at times. They've all faded to where I certainly don't notice them at this point, so there's a chance that by doing nothing (besides normal use and cleaning) you will eventually wind up with a 'board that looks good as new.

If you do sand it, I'd make sure you hit it with some oil when you're done to condition the now raw wood bamboo. I'm assuming that's how it works? If you do give it a try, let us know how it works out, in case I ever decide mine has gotten bad enough to need a good cleaning!
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Date:November 18th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
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Date:November 18th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Is this water mark (a white or dark ring) or rust stains? Water marks can be removed from wood via a couple of different methods, such as the ones here: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/removing-stains-from-wood/index.html

If it's a rust stain (reddish brown to black), then try some oxalic acid (aka wood bleach), it usually does the job. Just follow the instructions -- make a paste, apply, wait until it's done the job, rinse, neutralize with a baking soda solution.
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