How to Protect a Butcher Block Countertop

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A butcher block countertop is a very beautiful accent in your kitchen. The wood complements your cabinets and flooring, whether you have hardwood, laminate or tile flooring. This type of countertop is not only more expensive than the more commonly used kitchen countertops, but it also requires more care and maintenance to keep it looking its best for many years to come.

When you install the countertop you do have to cut out the space for the insertion of the sink and to make the sides fit against the cabinets. It is very likely that you need to have a professional cut for the corners to fit together. The cut edges must be treated before the counter is put in place in order to preserve the wood that can become severely damaged if it is exposed to any water or high levels of humidity. You do need to apply a coat of mineral oil to these areas as well as the top and underside of the counter to seal the wood. All you have to do is pour out a small amount of the oil and brush it on. Allow it to settle for about a half an hour and then wipe off the excess oil with a paper towel.

It is quite common for food residue to stick to countertops. It is harder to get such bits and pieces off the wood than it is other types of countertop materials. You can scrape the counter on a regular basis if you can feel rough patches by rubbing your hand over the wood. Wash the counter after every use with warm soapy water and rinse off any soapy residue with clear water. Dry the counter.

Scratches can also mar the look of the butcher block countertop, especially if you do not using a cutting board when cutting up meat or bread. Even laying sharp objects on the counter can cause scratches and cuts to appear. Since the counter is made of wood that has been varnished, you can easily repair these blemishes by sanding the counter and restaining it. You may want to change the color of the counter and this will give your kitchen a whole new look.

However, if the above suggestions for caring for an protecting a butcher block countertop do not appeal to you at all no matter how much you like this style, there is another option open to you. By purchasing a butcher block countertop that has been finished with polyurethane, you won’t need to do any maintenance work at all.


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