Well it seems I have changed the looks of my Boardsmith maple board. And I am not sure why, so I thought I would throw it out there for ya'll.
In the past when my board got smelly, I smeard some wet baking soda all over the board and left it to dry over night. I then scraped off the dried baking soda, wiped the board down and did it again. This really helped with the smells and made no changes to my board.
Well, I tried this again yesterday, and now my board is looking grayish and mottled. Not very attractive. It reminds me of wood that has weathered. Like a log or wood sided house that is left untreated or an untreated deck or wood fence. The wood itself feels and looks no different. Just the color. I guess for those that is into rustic looking stuff, one might even like it.
I don't know what the difference is this time. The only thing I can think of is that before, I had not yet treated my board with wax, just the mineral oil. I also added a little essential orange oil to my mineral oil to help with smells. That is different and I am wondering if the baking soda is reacting to the wax. I know baking soda can remove wax from floors. As can vinegar. And earlier, before the baking soda, I had cleaned my board with vinegar. Maybe I did not get all the vinegar off and that caused a reaction.
I saw on kitchen knife forum that another guy had the same thing happen to his maple boardsmith board. He never mentioned ever using the vinegar on his board prior to the baking soda, but he does wax his board. His solution was to take a belt sander to the board and sand it down. He posted pictures of his board, so I had a comparison. My board does not look quite as bad as his.
I am going to experiment on one of my cheap wood boards, to see if it changes. This board is not and end grain, but it still might work for an experiment.
So, have any of you experianced this with a wood board?