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R. Olson Design added this to How to Clean and Care for Your Butcher Block
Cleanliness. The most important thing you can do for your butcher block is keep it clean. Unlike stone or laminate counters, on which it takes days for stains to really penetrate, wood will capture blemishes quickly and display them as a constant reminder of neglect. The simplest method of preventing stains is to regularly remove all food waste and scrub the block with mild soap to free any stubborn particles, then towel it off to remove excess moisture. Just by doing this, you will significantly prolong the life and durability of your butcher block. A mild scrub might keep your block aesthetically pleasing, but sanitation is of utmost concern. Since strong chemical cleaning agents can leave acrid and unhealthy residue on prep surfaces, use them only as a last resort. Instead, keep a spray bottle of undiluted vinegar handy. Studies have shown that acetic acids in white vinegar serve as a powerful disinfectant, ridding butcher blocks of bacterias like E. coli and salmonella. Using a fine-edged steel scraper or spatula can also be helpful to the cleanliness of your board. Simply draw a scraper along the block not only to easily remove stubborn debris, but to also remove up to 75 percent more moisture than towel drying.

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September 11, 2014
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November 22, 2013
Vinegar, scraper, lemon & salt, baking soda, bleach as last resort for stains. Soap & water after every use.
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A mild scrub might keep your block aesthetically pleasing, but sanitation is of utmost concern. Since strong chemical cleaning agents can leave acrid and unhealthy residue on prep surfaces, use them only as a last resort. Instead, keep a spray bottle of undiluted vinegar handy. Studies have shown that acetic acids in white vinegar serve as a powerful disinfectant, ridding butcher blocks of bacterias like E. coli and salmonella.
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February 13, 2013
Finishing touch. Food-safe finishes, such as mineral oil and tung oil, wear over time and require reapplication. But before you have a flashback of that old antique oak sideboard that took you a week to refinish, relax. If your butcher block is in good shape and needs nothing more than an oil boost, the process simply involves cleaning the surface, liberally applying the finish by hand or with a rag and wiping off the excess after a half hour or so. During the application, make sure to give attention to the sides — especially the end grain, as this area is most susceptible to moisture. After the oil sits for 15 to 20 minutes, you'll notice the oil has absorbed more in some spots and pooled in others. Redistribute the oil, spreading it evenly again, and let it sit for another 15 minutes. Then wipe off any excess with a clean rag. If you've noticed your block has absorbed the oil rather quickly, apply another coat to achieve proper coverage. A common misconception is that vegetable or cooking oils can be used to treat butcher block. These oils will eventually spoil and turn rancid, leaving you with a sour prep surface. If you wish to use more natural oils, walnut, almond and coconut oil all have a higher resistance to turning rancid, but are still susceptible, so maintain with a careful eye if you choose this method. Tip: One way to boost the repellency of your finish is to mix paraffin or beeswax into the oil. Heat up a chunk of paraffin in a tin can on the stove and mix it thoroughly with the oil. Because the wax will coagulate rather quickly, be ready to move quickly. A handy way to get an even spread is to use a stiff plastic scraper. The trouble with this method is the potential for wax to build up in some spots, but that's not a catastrophe, because it can be scraped away after setting. However, the buildup may disrupt a uniform sheen in the final outcome. More: How to Make a High-Quality Cutting Board From Scrap Wood Butcher Block Makes the Cut for Holiday Kitchen Prep
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Cleanliness. The most important thing you can do for your butcher block is keep it clean. Unlike stone or laminate counters, on which it takes days for stains to really penetrate, wood will capture blemishes quickly and display them as a constant reminder of neglect. The simplest method of preventing stains is to regularly removing all food waste and scrub the block with mild soap to free any stubborn particles, then towel it off to remove excess moisture. Just by doing this, you will significantly prolong the life and durability of your butcher block. A mild scrub might keep your block aesthetically pleasing, but sanitation is of utmost concern. Since strong, chemical cleaning agents can leave acrid and unhealthy residue on prep surfaces, use them only as a last resort. Instead, keep a spray bottle of undiluted vinegar handy. Studies have shown that acetic acids in white vinegar serve as a powerful disinfectant, ridding butcher blocks of bacterias like E. coli and salmonella.
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February 13, 2013
Cleanliness. The most important thing you can do for your butcher block is keep it clean. Unlike stone or laminate counters, on which it takes days for stains to really penetrate, wood will capture blemishes quickly and display them as a constant reminder of neglect. The simplest method of preventing stains is to regularly removing all food waste and scrub the block with mild soap to free any stubborn particles, then towel it off to remove excess moisture. Just by doing this, you will significantly prolong the life and durability of your butcher block. A mild scrub might keep your block aesthetically pleasing, but sanitation is of utmost concern. Since strong, chemical cleaning agents can leave acrid and unhealthy residue on prep surfaces, use them only as a last resort. Instead, keep a spray bottle of undiluted vinegar handy. Studies have shown that acetic acids in white vinegar serve as a powerful disinfectant, ridding butcher blocks of bacterias like E. coli and salmonella.
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