Cleaning wood cutting board

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I have made and cleaned many wooden cutting boards over the years. However, I recently made a large maple side / face grain cutting board that I have cleaned and re-oiled a few times. I cleaned it again the other day because it was getting a little smelly with all the extra use recently. And it’s tired a grey color. I’m not sure how to refresh the surface to be Iran natural bright maple surface again. Any advice welcome!

I’ve attached picture of the front and back of the board.

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Your going to have to remove a layer of wood, either by sanding, scraping, or planing. Easiest thing to do is find someone with a thickness planer and have them remove 1/32- 1/16” from each side, you’ll have to hand sand the juice grooves though

Sanding the entire surface works too, but it is laborious, messy, time consuming and eats a lot of sandpaper.

For most furniture restorations this discolouring would be removed with oxolic acid or a two part wood bleach—neither of which are considerations for an item like a cutting board that comes in contact with food
Hope this helps
 
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