Butcher Block Countertops Finishes

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butcher block countertops finishes

Care of butcher blocks, countertops and kitchen Islands

Wood is widely regarded as the healthiest building material of world. Solid wood represents a reliable, durable material that can last a long time without excessive protection. However, wood is a material live and natural, unlike human source material which reacts to different environments in certain ways. We would draw your attention to the maintenance instructions basic solid wood countertops, island tops and butcher blocks. Following these instructions will result in having a great looking, easy to maintain custom desk that will last for many years.

End caps with a mineral oil

The panel must be carefully oiled top, bottom and sides, giving special attention to the end zone of the grain, as the section of wood is more likely to absorb moisture through. Each cut or hole you make in the panel (Either for sizing, sink cutting or other purposes) should also be oiled thoroughly. Proterra mineral oil (Hesse, Germany) is a product that we recommend for kitchen worktops applications it was designed especially for contact with food. For situations where a large amount of moisture involved (as sinks, faucets water, etc), mineral oil will not only ensure better protection and is recommended to use polyurethane or any other similar place finish.

With a brush soft wood oil generously on all sides or just pour a small amount of oil in the timber and then spread with the brush. Let the wood to absorb the oil for about 20-30 minutes and then remove the excess with a paper towel. When the top is first installed, it is recommended to apply 2-3 successive layers of oil, after which the oil can be applied after several months or as needed. Each time the sand in the area to remove scratches or marks cutting, new oil should be applied.


In order to maintain its superior wood clean, scrape or brush regularly leftovers existing on the surface, wash with warm soapy water and dry with a dry cloth or paper towel. Apply a new layer of oil at any time necessary. Alternatively, you can heat a 1:4 combination of beeswax and mineral oil until the mixture becomes homogenized and then apply it uniformly on the upper surface, the thus obtaining supplementary protection against both stains and moisture.

Avoid posting your wooden lid next to extreme heat such as stoves unless you have adequate insulation between heat source and the top. Avoid spilling vinegar on a wooden lid with a mineral oil finish, which can cause cupping or training cracks. Do not use harsh chemicals or detergents unduly harsh in a wooden lid with a mineral oil finish, and that can cause irreversible depreciation.


If properly installed and sealed and oiled periodically, there is no reason that his boss will not last a long period of time in same way that it was good when new. Sometimes, however, due to poor maintenance and inadequate environmental conditions, some problems may arise, it is our duty both to inform about these problems and how to solve them.
· Cupping and warping
Are likely to occur every time there is a significant difference moisture between the top and bottom of the panel. If possible, place the top on a hard flat surface with the concave side down. In the convex side, evenly place some heavy objects. Take up to 12 hours until the panel will straighten completely, after which, oil in abundance on all sides.
If you can not manipulate the top, simply apply mineral oil liberally on the concave side straightens up the panels. In this case, however, it is possible need to repeat this several times to get the desired result.
· End splits
Is increasingly apparent that the panel is placed in a dry environment excessive not properly sealed. For repairs, sand wood mixed with a small amount of water based wood glue and fill cracks in depth. Allow 15-20 minutes to cure, sand the area with 120 grit sandpaper and then the upper oil free.
· Scratches, marks and food stains
Can be removed by sanding the affected area evenly, brushing the dust of the resulting timber and applying a new layer of mineral oil. The finger jointed panels can be sanded to of 3 / 8 "deep, while for continuous sheet panels and blocks of end grain butcher, no such restrictions.

Tapas with a finish polyurethane

A solid wood surface finish based on polyurethane finish requires no maintenance. However, scratches, marks and other damage will be difficult to repair, so extra care is required.

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