Inside: Do you have butcher block countertops? See the best way to clean and disinfect counters. Check out these tips on how to clean butcher block countertops.
Two years ago we added an island to our kitchen. Instead of doing a granite or marble countertop we decided to do a butcher block countertop. It was very reasonably priced and it looks great.
I was a little unsure about caring for butcher block but it has been easy. Every couple of months I take some time to really clean and condition them. If you have butcher block check out these tips on how to clean butcher block countertops.
How To Clean Butcher Block Countertops
To start, clear everything off your butcher block countertops. Then wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any food.
To remove any stains you will want to lightly sand the butcher block. I recommend using a very light grit sandpaper or a scotch brite sanding pad. I use this one from Amazon. You can see below I had marks across my butcher block where I blew a candle out and the soot went everywhere.
Lightly sand the butcher block going with the direction of the wood. If you have food stains you may need to sand a little harder in the area to remove them.
Once you have finished sanding the butcher block then you can wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove all of the dust. You can see that sanding did a great job of getting 90 percent of the soot stain out.
Next, you will want to disinfect your countertops. Fill up a spray bottle with a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar. Then spray down the butcher block with the mixture and wipe it off. The vinegar mix will help kill off any germs or bacteria that is on your countertops. Let your countertops dry completely about 15-30 minutes.
The last step in how to clean butcher block is to condition the wood. This keeps it protected and conditioned. You can use any brand but I really like this stuff on Amazon. I have been using it for the last couple of years and it works great.
The wood conditioner works best when it is warm, so warm it in a bowl of hot water first. Then once warm pour the conditioner over the countertops. Use a lint free rag to work the conditioner into the butcher block going with the grain. Make sure there is plenty of conditioner so it can really soak into the wood.
Set a timer for 10 minutes and let the conditioner soak on the wood. After 10 minutes come back and check on the wood to see if you need to add more conditioner any place. Then set a timer for another 10 minutes.
After the time is up, use a clean lint-free cloth to wipe away any excess conditioner. Your butcher block countertop will look great and stay protected from spills.
Whenever your butcher block starts looking dry you should repeat this process, usually about every few months. These simple tips will keep your countertops looking great. Want some other easy tips? Check out how to care for hardwood floors to keep them looking like new.