Slate Guide & Care Instructions

Where does Brooklyn Slate's slate come from?

Our products are sourced from the Vermont and New York Slate Valley, a unique geological formation that runs between Vermont and New York states. This area is world famous for producing slate roofs and other residential, industrial, and commercial products for more than a century.

How sturdy is slate?

Slate is one of the most durable, naturally occurring stones readily available; slate shingles, which are found on home and building roofs across the country, typically withstand the elements for two hundred years or more. It is the stone that all synthetic tiles aspire to be.

Just like slate roofing, our products are made to last. Our slate cheese boards and coasters are always at least 3/8" thick.

What is included with my cheese board?

Each cheese board includes the following —

— (1) soapstone pencil for writing the names of cheeses and hors d'œuvres on the board
— (4) anti-slip cork feet, which can be applied to the bottom of the board in order to protect table top surfaces
— (1) burlap bag, which can be used for storing the slate and as a place mat for the cheese board

How to clean your slate

All of our products are treated and sealed to be food safe. Soapstone, chalk, crumbs, and liquids wipe off easily with a damp sponge or towel. Our cheese boards can also be washed with a sponge and dish soap. Boards that do not have cork feet on the bottom are dishwasher safe.

To achieve a natural, rustic look, we use cutting tools that, over time, may lead to chipping along the edges of our slate goods. This is a natural occurrence and does not compromise the integrity of the slate. 

Caring for your slate

In order to preserve your slate cheese board for years to come, wipe it down with a drop or two of food grade mineral oil about twice a year. Mineral oil helps protect the integrity of the slate and maintains a slightly polished look.

Engraved Slate

Portions of the engraved area of your slate cheese board may appear darker upon arrival. This is a natural occurrence and the result of food grade mineral oil seeping into the engraving. To remove a dark spot, wash the area with warm water and soap.