Here are some tips on how to keep your Butcher Block or Countertop looking fantastic when our Mineral Oil and Organic Beeswax Butcher Block Finish has been applied:
Your butcher block has been finished with a premium blend of Food Grade Mineral Oil and Food Safe Organic Waxes. The best way to maintain your butcher block, countertop, or cutting board is with Food Grade Mineral Oil. Food Grade Mineral oil finishes are easy to maintain and they help keep the wood in top condition. This is the preferred oil for seasoning wooden butcher blocks because it stays fresh forever. Other types of oil like walnut oil, olive oil, coconut oil, peanut oil, and linseed oil may turn rancid over time or are not food safe to begin with.
A mineral oil finish is great for your butcher block. The purpose of the oil to saturate the wood, keeping water and other substances out of the wood. This is why it's important to oil your butcher block on a regular basis.
You can find food grade mineral oil at any pharmacy or hardware store. It can be sold under the names butcher block oil or Mineral oil USP.
If you want to get the same beautiful, food safe finish we use on all of our butcher blocks, try our Butcher Block Conditioner with Organic Beeswax as a topcoat after oiling your butcher block. It’s our shop-made premium blend of Food Grade Mineral Oil and Organic Waxes.
We recommend doing this once every week for the first month you have your butcher block. After the first month, once every 3 to 4 weeks typically works well (more frequently in dry or hot climates). As you get used to maintaining your butcher block, you'll start to get a good feel for when it needs to be oiled/conditioned.
1. Apply the butcher block oil. Pour a liberal amount onto your butcher block and let it soak in as much as possible. There is no such thing as using too much butcher block oil. Once the wood is fully saturated with oil, it will not take on any more oil.
2. Let sit. The oil you've applied should sit for a time range between 15 minutes and overnight. After you've let this time lapse and allowed the oil to fully saturate the butcher block, wipe away any the excess oil.
3. Apply Butcher Block Conditioner (optional). A little bit goes a long way. Rub/polish into the wood grain with a soft, lint free cloth or soft paper towel. Allow the wax to sit on the butcher block for 5 minutes or longer (or until next use). Butcher block conditioner helps to better protect the wood and keep the food grade mineral oil in longer.
4. Repeat as needed.
Wood butcher block cutting boards will shrink or expand as the moisture content of the wood changes. Extreme dryness may cause cracks, so be sure to keep your board oiled/waxed.
Avoid cutting raw meat, poultry, or fish directly on your butcher block cutting board. This will protect the wood and prevent it from becoming contaminated.
Butcher block cutting boards can be cleaned as any other wood surface. A damp cloth with a little soap can be used. We recommend using a sanitizer solution (a vinegar/water mix). Excessive water should be avoided. All water should be wiped up immediately. Allow to fully air dry before re-oiling and putting away.