Care & Use

Please see below information on each type of material T&G uses and the care & use of each.

Hevea

(Braziliensis – wood from the rubber tree) this is a white tropical hardwood from the rubber tree, which is planted mainly for natural rubber production. The major rubber producing countries are Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand which together account for approximately 74% of the total plantation area.

Hevea is very ecologically sound. After 25-30 years, when the trees are approximately 15 inches in diameter, they are unable to produce sufficient latex for conversion by the rubber factory, so they are felled and replaced by young trees. There is the added value of a very useful and attractive timber, which is hard and stable, reducing the likelihood of warping. The beautiful finish and light grain looks great on salad bowls as well as boards. Hevea can be successfully colour stained for co-ordination and waxed or oiled to seal the wood enhancing its appearance and prolonging its “working life”.

Care & Use:All T&G Hevea products have been sealed with a non-toxic protective lacquer to enhance the appearance and to help prevent the absorption of water when washed. To clean simply wipe over the surface with a damp cloth or wash in warm soapy water, do not soak.

As with all Woodware, hevea and acacia can dry out with use, so an occasional wipe with T&G’s wood treatment oil or a mineral oil does much to restore the original natural appearance.

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Acacia

Acacia is a durable hard wood from fast growing trees. The beautiful grain and varied colour gives products a warm rich colour which is ideal for decorative and everyday use products. The hard wood of Acacia is ideal for kitchenware products such as boards and bowls.

Acacia is a tree with roughly 1300 species around the world and is easily recognised by its umbrella shaped canopy. The scientific name for the species of Acacia T&G use is ""Samanea Saman Merr"" often known as the Rain Tree and in US and European circles as ""Monkey Pod"" . It is well appreciated with environmentalists because of the enormous amount of CO2 this tree can absorb - very useful when planted along roadsides.

This species, popular for its timber, can be found over much of South East Asia. It grows at a fast rate (0.75 to 1.5m annually)and it is also interplanted as a shade tree with other crops such as coffee or cocoa.

In Thailand, although it is cultivated in many areas, especially the North, East and Centre much planting is along roadsides for producing shade.

It can grow to around 25 metres high and the canopy will be wider than the height but in the last 15-20 years Acacia trees have been cut leaving the root so that the tree sprouts again as with our native Willow which we call ""Pollarding"" and T&G assume that is why this timber is also called ""Black Wattle"".

In some areas of Thailand villagers still plant new Acacia trees as thet are popular hosts to an insect called ""Laccifer Kerr"". This insect produces a scarlet, resinous secretion often used as food colouring and is similar to our ""Cochineal"". It is also applied to dyes and lacquers as a colourant and is often referred to as ""Shellac"".

There is also a certain amount of self-seeding but in certain provinces villagers are encouraged to plant Acacia trees from seeds supplied by officers of the Royal Forest Department of Thailand to increase the local resource.

The timber has been referred to as ""Black Wattle"" of from its appearance ""Black Walnut"". T&G consider Acacia a rich coloured wood with a wild grain. Very hard and most suitable for use in the home from cutting boards to chairs.

Care & Use: All T&G Acacia products have been sealed with a non-toxic protective lacquer to enhance the appearance and to help prevent the absorption of water when washed. To clean simply wipe over the surface with a damp cloth or wash in warm soapy water, do not soak.

As with all Woodware, hevea and acacia can dry out with use, so an occasional wipe with T&G’s wood treatment oil or a mineral oil does much to restore the original natural appearance.

Rustic Acacia

Every one of our new rustic acacia boards are completely unique. These beautiful rustic boards vary widely in their colour and appearance, making every one extra special and individual.

Our rustic acacia wooden boards/platters are ideal for preparing and serving food. On trend with todays fashion, casual lifestyle and individuality.

As with all Woodware, hevea and acacia can dry out with use, so an occasional wipe with T&G’s wood treatment oil or a mineral oil does much to restore the original natural appearance.

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Care & Use: All T&G Rustic Acacia products have been oiled and do not have any non-toxic protective lacquer. To clean simply wipe over the surface with a damp cloth or wash in warm soapy water, do not soak.

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Oak

Oak wood has a great density and therefore, great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content. It also has beautiful grain markings, making it perfect for kitchenware products. Oak has been used since the middle ages for use in interior panelling of prestigious buildings such as the debating chamber of the House of Commons in London, and in the construction of fine furniture. Oak wood, from Quercus robur and Quercus petraea, was used in Europe for the construction of ships, especially naval men of war, until the 19th century, and was the principal timber used in the construction of European timber-framed buildings. Today oak wood is still commonly used for kitchenware, furniture making and flooring, timber frame buildings, and for veneer production.
As with all woodware maintaining the look of your board is essential, so an occasional wipe with T&G's wood treatment oil does much to restore the original natural appearance.

Care & Use: All T&G Oak has been oiled. To clean simply wipe over the surface with a damp cloth or wash in warm soapy water, do not soak.

FSC® Certified Beech

A beautiful warm wood, a northern temperate hardwood from a medium sized tree, averaging 30m high. Beech is a pale cream colour with a straight grain; it is fine textured with small spindle shaped markings. It adapts well to humidity and is ideally suited to the production of kitchen utensils such as spoons, spatulas, rolling pins and chopping boards. In Europe it is the most commonly used timber for the production of food preparation products and kitchen furniture. Nearly all T&G beechwood products are European FSC sourced.

Beechwood can be successfully colour stained for co-ordination and waxed or oiled to seal the wood enhancing it’s appearance and prolonging it’s “working life”.

Care & Use: To clean simply rinse under hot water using detergent and dry with clean paper towelling, as tea towels made from fabric are known to harbour germs. If a board has accidentally been soaked, the surface can be hardened again by scattering table salt thickly over the board and leaving it overnight to absorb all the moisture. Salt also has a slightly abrasive cleaning action if rubbed onto the board dry and will take away the smell of garlic and onion fairly successfully. Lemon juice can be effectively used to bleach out stains on chopping boards.

As with any wooden product a board should not be soaked in water for any length of time. If it is, it will swell and then warp once the drying process begins. A common problem resulting from modern busy lifestyles is to rinse or wash a chopping board and then leave it standing to dry. It is important to point out that if this method is adopted the board should never be allowed to stand upright on its jointed end, otherwise the draining water can be drawn up the grain by the capillary action softening the joints which will probably split and warp. The best way is to dry off excess water and rest it on its non-jointed side.

Both sides of the board can be used for food preparation. There is no cross-contamination between wooden boards so long as they are cleaned and dried properly.

A final tip to enhance the appearance and ensure longer life of a chopping board is to coat it frequently with T&G Wood Treatment Oil or mineral oil.

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Board Care

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Cork

Cork is in fact the outer bark of the cork oak, which is grown commercially in a narrow belt stretching through Portugal, Spain and the South of France and along the North African coast.

The bark is stripped only in summer and the first stripping must wait until the tree is about twenty years old. Subsequent strippings take place every nine or ten years.

This makes cork an ecologically acceptable product, as it is one of the few materials, which regenerates itself.

Care & Use: Wipe clean with a damp cloth to remove any food particles or light stains. An occasional scrub with a dish brush will remove any stubborn deposits. If surface staining should occur, it can be easily remedied by rubbing over the area with a kitchen abrasive such as Cif, using a nylon scouring pad. Cork does not absorb stains so discolouring is a surface coating.

Cork Bathmats: this cork product is given a final sanded finish so that it reaches you with a smooth surface. Fine dust particles of cork remain on the surface which when wet will drain off to the edge. To remove from a carpet simply wait until the area is totally dry and vacuum with a brush attachment brushing vigorously until all the particles have been removed. Do not attempt to clean with any chemicals or wet applications as this will merely bind with the carpet fibres until it is dry again. For ease of use just stand the mat upright in the bath/shower after use.

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Marble

Marble is a crystalline form of limestone. It is a completely natural material with a cool polished surface, which is ideal for pastry making, storage and food presentation. Marble is not suitable as a cutting surface and is not for use with acidic products such as lemons.

As black marble is rarer than white some items are slightly more expensive.

As a natural material variations should be expected.

Care & Use: Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly. Acid foodstuffs can pit marble as can prolonged contact with water. Do not use marble as a cutting surface.

Anti Bacterial Boards

T&G’s anti-bacterial boards – the perfect way to maintain kitchen hygiene!
These boards have an anti-bacterial agent that has been built into the product during manufacture to help protect against the growth of bacteria. The agent works continuously to give lasting protection against contamination.

T&G anti – bacterial boards are:

• Anti -bacterial
• Odour and stain resistant
• Non-slip cutting surface
• Don’t damage knives
• Have a hanging handle for easy storage

To look after your T&G boards make sure you clean the cutting surface as you would any other, simply wash in warm soapy water to remove all traces of food or alternatively use a dishwasher, these boards are dishwasher safe, which is the perfect way to keep them clean.

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Why T&G?

Whatever you are looking for, take a moment to see what’s cooking on the T&G website.

T&G offer own designed fabulous products from everyday kitchen essentials to the current vintage and retro trends. As always, whatever you choose, you can trust that it represents value in every sense. This means thoughtfully designed, responsibly sourced, exceptional quality products made to withstand the demands of real life.

If you are looking for cutting boards, then we have one for every occasion, the choice is endless either hevea, rich acacia, rustic acacia or even FSC® certified beech wood, our cutting boards stand the test of time and are ideal for everyday use or for presentation and serving.

Our award winning CrushGrind® mills continue to lead the market, the ceramic mechanism allows you to effortlessly grind whole dried herbs and spices as well as sea salt and whole peppercorns. Throughout our salt and pepper grinder collections there is a choice for everyone from dynamic to traditional and a grinder to suit every taste and pocket.

T&G's collection doesn't stop there, we have everything you need for the kitchen, including, mugs, teapots, tea cosies, egg cups, bowls, storage, bread bins, utensils, trolleys, FSC® certified cork mats, trivets and trays and vintage look textiles and much more!

Browse our fantastic range of products, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you!