If you have a custom butcher blocks countertop in your kitchen, you know how beautiful and unique they can be. However, like all types of wood, butcher block countertops require some maintenance to keep them looking their best. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for maintaining your butcher block countertops to stay beautiful and durable for years to come.
Clean off Your Countertop Right Away
One of the most important things you can do to maintain your butcher block countertop is clean it immediately after using it. This will help prevent any stains or spills from falling into the wood. You can use a mild soap and water solution to clean your countertop or purchase a specialty cleaner made specifically for wood countertops. Be sure to dry your countertop off after cleaning it to prevent any water damage.
If you do happen to spill something, be sure to wipe it up right away and dry the area thoroughly. Standing water can cause warping and other damage to your countertop.
Always Have Food Grade Mineral Oil on Hand
You will need to replenish the oil every few weeks and more frequently if you do a lot of cooking. It’s best to keep a bottle on hand so you can apply it as soon as the surface starts to look dry. When it comes to oiling, more is not better. Just put a few drops on a clean, lint-free cloth and wipe it across the surface of the wood. Wipe off any excess. You should also oil your butcher block before using it for the first time. This will help create a barrier against moisture and staining. To do this, generously apply oil to the surface and let it soak in for at least 30 minutes. Wipe off any excess and you’re ready to start cooking.
Use Lemon, Salt, and Dough Scraper
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to clean your butcher block countertop, look no further than your kitchen pantry. You only need some lemon juice, salt, and a dough scraper. Sprinkle the salt over the countertop’s surface and then use the dough scraper to scrub away any dirt or grime. The lemon juice will help to disinfect the countertop and leave it looking shiny and new.
So there you have it, a quick and easy way to clean your butcher block countertop. Be sure to follow these tips regularly and your countertop will thank you for it.