Butcher Block Maintenance in 4 Easy Steps

Butcher Block Maintenance in 4 Easy Steps

Jason Loper
Jun 30, 2011

Butcher block countertops can add a gorgeous, natural look to a kitchen. And, when property maintained, butcher block is also very durable. Here's how to care for butcher block in 4 easy steps:

Thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Dana at House*Tweaking, we get this step by step tutorial for caring for butcher block tops. It's really quite easy and will seriously increase the longevity of the wood.

For butcher block that hasn't been sealed with polyurethane, use mineral oil and old rags to freshen up the wood. First, wipe the surface of the butcher block to clear it of all dust, dirt, and debris. Then, pour mineral oil directly onto the butcher block. Next, rub the mineral oil into the surface, following the grain of the wood. And, finally, let the oil soak into the wood for a day or two. Easy, right?

If you've recently purchased butcher block and haven't treated it yet, Dana suggests doing this conditioning treatment 2 - 3 times per week for about a month. This is the method she used on her own IKEA butcher block top and, even with kids in the house, it still looks as good as new.

Dana also demonstrates how you can use extra fine sandpaper on butcher block to remove stains. In her post, Butcher Block Maintenance, Dana even sacrificed her own kitchen island, marking it with a Sharpie to demonstrate how easy it is to remove stains. Such blogging integrity!

Images: Dana Miller

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