There’s nothing quite like the natural warmth and beauty butcher block countertops add to a kitchen. As beautiful and functional as they may be, they have a reputation for requiring a great deal of maintenance – sanding and oiling to make them look like new again.
To keep your butcher block counter tops looking good and minimize sanding and oiling, it’s recommended that homeowners clean them regularly. Here’s an easy way to clean butcher block counter tops using common household products.
Prep the surface for cleaning
First, use a spatula to gently scrape off any food residue stuck to the countertops. Be very gentle and hold the blade of the spatula at an angle so you don’t gouge the wood.
Clean the counter top
Use a mixture of hot water and mild dish soap and a sponge to scrub the countertop. Rinse the countertop thoroughly using a dish cloth and hot water.
The finishing touch
Spray straight white vinegar on the counter top and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Wipe any remaining vinegar of with a clean, damp dish cloth.