The breadboard tray is sprayed with 1 coat of vinyl sealer and 3 coats of moisture resistant lacquer and the trivet is oiled in olive oil. The bread is placed on the trivet and cut so crumbs collect is the tray. The trivet can be used separately for cooling pies, cakes, cookies etc serving hot entrees directly on a table. The tray bottom is inset in the wood and works beautifully to serve drinks, hors d'oeuvres etc. They both can be washed in soap and water.Do not be afraid of cutting on the trivet w/ a serrated knife as it will not hurt the hardwood. Bread presented on a breadboard at your dining table make it easy for everyone to cut their own slice as well a great conversation piece
Bread Board / Trivet and Tray
The tray can be washed w/ soap and water as it is lacquered and so can the trivet but the trivet needs olive oil once a year. If you are only using it for cutting bread, you do not need to wash it just empty out the crumbs and store. (Our bread knife fits inside for easy access in cutting bread.