Intro: How to Take Care of Butcher Block Countertops
I LOVE my gorgeous butcher block countertops.
Worried that taking care of your butcher block cabinets is a pain? It's not! Here's how I keep my counters looking brand new.
I oil my counters once a month and use mineral oil. Save yourself some $$ and buy it by the gallon on Amazon. Buying those small "cutting board oils" will cost you an arm and a leg, and it's the same thing. Start by removing all items from the counters and wiping down with a damp sponge. Get rid of all crumbs.
2. Remove stains
Use 1 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide per 1 cup of water, or, try scrubbing with a lemon. Let the lemon juice sit on the stain first.
3. Remove serious stains
One of the magical things about butcher block is that you can sand it down and have a brand new counter! If your butcher block counters need a major overhaul bust out a power sander. Start with a heavier grit and work your way to 200.
4. Protect your counters from heat
You can buy a silicone piece to place next to your stovetop to protect the side of your counters. For a more polished industrial feel get a piece of sheet metal and cut to size and screw into the side of the countertop. (It looks awesome!)
5. Have coasters and trivets handy
Butcher block can be sensitive to heat. Make sure to have trivets handy. I picked up some cute Mexican tiles on my last vacation and hot glued some felt to the back. They work great and are super heat resistant!