Custom countertops are beautiful and can add texture and a beautiful look to any kitchen. Butcher block counters specifically are sturdy and can last quite a long time if you care for them properly. Without the proper care and maintenance, you could end up with a stained, burned and gouged piece of wood in your kitchen that could be an unhealthy place to prepare food. See below for tips on how to care for your butcher block counters.
Use A Cutting Board
Your counters may be butcher block, but that doesn't mean you should cut directly on your countertop. You could end up with a lot of scratches on the surface, that could be deep. It's best to still use a cutting board to prevent too many scratches that could mar the surface too much.
Clean Spills Immediately
Unlike most other surfaces, wood is very porous and can soak in spills immediately. This means you will be able to see that spilled drink ring, the spilled fruit juice or the splatters of red sauce that weren't cleaned up right away. As soon as you see a spill you need to clean it up right away. Wipe up spills with a damp microfiber cloth or a paper towel. Use a sponge to give the surface a good scrubbing to help remove stubborn food particles.
To remove stains from your butcher block counter you can try a few different things. Sprinkle some table salt on the stain, then use a lemon cut in half. Scrub the stain with the lemon (cut side down), and scrub the salt and juice into the stain. Wipe it clean when finished. Baking soda is another great way to remove stains. Sprinkle the baking soda on the stain, then use a sponge to scrub the stain away. If you still have the stain, then you may need to sand the stain out. If you are giving your butcher block a sanding, you will also need to re-seal the counter so that area blends with the rest. You can seal the counter with a natural oil such as coconut oil or you can use wax to seal your counter.
Keep your counter clean and free of stains by wiping it down daily and before and after food preparation/meals. Never place anything hot on your counters and always use coasters to prevent drink rings. Have your counters sealed when they begin to lose their sheen to keep them protected and to lengthen the life of your counters.