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   Comment   July 16, 2014
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How to Clean and Care for Your Butcher Block

Keep butcher block counters and boards looking sharp as a knife — and sanitized for safe food prep — with this advice from a pro woodworker Full Story
     Comment   July 1, 2014
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We have a walnut island top. We consider it as the showpiece of our kitchen and use it the way we would treat a table top. I treat it with Boos Block Cream once a month, which is a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax. The water beads on the surface and does not penetrate, not to mention the beautiful color it brings out. Once, the cat knocked over a vase and even though the water sat there overnight, I just treated the stain with the cream and it looked good as new, with no signs of warping.
February 13, 2013 at 3:47am     
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Vinegar does not "neutralize" bleach, but rather it causes chlorine to be released -- which can be hazardous if there is enough chlorine still around from the bleach. Wanting to get rid of the chlorine smell is understandable, but speeding up the process by releasing a lot of chlroine at once can be risky.
February 13, 2013 at 9:39am     
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Sue Strommen
I had a custom crafted John Boos 4x8 ft center island for 22 years. It was exceptionally easy care and useful.
February 18, 2013 at 10:11am     
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Oh my.............that all sounds to tedious and time-consuming to me. I rather cook ! I have a bunch of cutting-boards that get used , scrubbed and used and scrubbed and used and I don't care if they have stains or not as long as they are clean. After reading this I am sure I never want to bother with a butcher block no matter how good it looks
December 30, 2013 at 12:12pm     
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My advice to Patrick McKee is to not try for a perfect appearance on the butcher block counter top. Wood is a natural product and will absorb stuff and react to stuff differently In different circumstances. Let it develop it's own patina and the little blemishes that come along in the life of any organism. Enjoy!
May 26, 2014 at 1:55pm     
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