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How to Care for Wood Countertops

updated May 8, 2019
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Wood countertops are beautiful, relatively affordable, and more sustainable than other options. The biggest catch is they require regular care. Follow these simple steps to keeping your wood counters looking their best for years to come.

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Tips to Longer Lasting Counters:

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  • Wash wood countertops immediately after using especially when it comes to moisture containing stains, scraps and spills.
  • Oil wood countertops once a month with a high quality mineral oil. Only mineral oil is food safe and won’t turn rancid like cooking oils.
  • Avoid contact with vinegar, which is acidic enough to dissolve the glue holding the wood together.

Oiling Your Countertops—What You Need:

  • Food safe mineral oil
  • Sand paper (120 & 180 grit)
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Salt
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Two rags


1. Stain Removal
Remove any stains using a fresh lemon. Cut in half, and rub the stained area with the cut side. Salt can be added for extra abrasion. If that still doesn’t work, try adding 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide to a cup of warm water and dab it on the stain.

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2. Clean Thoroughly
Use a sponge to wipe down the entire surface with a non-toxic cleaner. Let dry.

3. Sanding
Sand the surface lightly (with the grain) thoroughly with 120 grit sandpaper. Sand again with 180 grit sandpaper until the wood is smooth.

4. Applying Oil
Drizzle food-grade mineral oil liberally onto the counters and rub in well with an old cotton rag. Allow the wood to soak in for 20-25 minutes.

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5. Wipe Clean
Wipe clean with a clean rag and enjoy your renewed surface.

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