Before we send you your spatula, it has been given a coating of highly refined food-safe mineral oil, mixed with around 10% organic beeswax.
We make our spatulas to be used, and expect that your spatula will give you many years of service. To keep it in top condition throughout this time, we recommend the following:
Oiling: From time to time, (and whenever you wish to renew the finish), give your spatula a coating of oil (this should be done only when the spatula is dry). Apply the oil generously with kitchen paper, until no more is absorbed. Leave for a short time, and then wipe off any excess oil.
Ideally, we recommend using the mineral oil/beeswax mix mentioned above. It can be made easily at home with the simple ingredients mentioned above, and is ideal for conditioning all your wooden utensils and chopping boards. Alternatively, some people use sunflower or olive oil, although be aware that it is possible for vegetable oils such as these to turn rancid over time when used to season wood.
Exposure to water: As with any wooden cooking utensil, we recommend that you do not leave your spatula soaking in water for long periods. Doing so may lead to swelling and warping, and over time may cause the wood to splinter or split. The best way to clean them is by hand with hot soapy water.
Your dishwasher is a very harsh environment for a wooden spatula - the prolonged heating and exposure to detergents will strip all the natural oils out of the wood, leaving it dry. It will also affect the colour. Therefore, although your spatula should survive regular sessions in the dishwasher, we don't recommend it.
Wear and tear: As with any wooden utensil, your spatula may show signs of wear if used regularly - this is usually seen as a roughening of the finish, especially around the edges. Simply go over it with some fine sandpaper, and then apply some oil to condition the wood and restore the finish