We recommend reconditioning your board regularly. Some of the woods retain the waxes better than others. If, after washing, your board feels a bit rough, add some of the Butcher Block conditioner. If you use your board often, you made need to sand it lightly with either steel wool or a 220 sand paper every few months. With more applications of the conditioner, the more the wood will seal and the less you will have to use the conditioner over time.