THE VERMONT BUTCHER BLOCK COMPANY

Butcherblock Care

Cleaning: 

  • For routine care, wipe down your countertop with a moist sponge
  • For deeper cleaning, use a solution of vinegar and warm water in a 1:10 ratio
    • You can use Ammonia instead of Vinegar for a stronger solution
  • Dry the surface completely after cleaning
  • Avoid aggressive scrubbing
  • Do not use harsh kitchen cleaners such as Comet, Pledge or Lysol
  • Do not use any cleaners containing bleach
  • Never use soap based oil cleaners (like Murphy’s Oil Soap)
    • This will leave a thin film that will gum up the surface of the countertop

Maintenance: 

When your top develops a dry, thirsty look, it is time to apply a fresh coat of Tung Oil.  This may not be for a year or more after installation. 

  1. Before applying, remove all items from your counter and clean it with the vinegar solution described above.  Make sure it is completely dry before proceeding
  2. Apply Sutherland Welles Ltd.® Low Lustre Polymerized Tung Oil with a Scott blue paper towel
  3. Wait 10-15 minutes, then wipe off unabsorbed oil
  4. Let the finish cure for 24hrs
  5. After 24 hours, you may return to normal use

 Additional considerations

  • If your top has an undermount sink, be sure to saturate the visible end grain with Tung Oil on a regular basis (about every 3 months or so) to avoid allowing water to seep into the grain and causing warping/cupping issues
  • Keep the surface dry and clean
    • It is fine for your top to get wet, but wipe up standing water soon after it develops 
  • Be cautious about allowing acidic liquids like wet baking soda to contact the surface, as this will dissolve the finish and leave staining
  • To remove gouges and dents, you will need to sand out the affected area and apply Tung Oil per the manufacturer’s instructions for new application