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How to Clean Your Butcher Block Countertop

  Montanna Lussier  |    14 August 2019  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Kitchen,  |    All Natural

Take Care of Your Counter

Similar to cleaning different fabrics, differing countertop materials require different cleaning methods. The most important thing to remember when cleaning a butcher block countertop is that it needs more TLC than your average stone or marble counter. Since this specific material is wood, you can't just spray it down with a typical cleaning spray and be done with it. Read more below to determine what exactly you need to do in order to have a clean butcher block countertop.

Canva - green apple sit on a worn butcher block cutting board

A Guide to Cleaning Butcher Block Counters

The first thing you want to do is wipe off any food particles left on the counter. Some say that using a metal scraper is safe, but I wouldn't recommend it. You could potentially hold it at the wrong angle and permanently damage the wood, so just use a damp rag and wipe the countertop down.

Pour some mild dish soap onto the damp rag and scrub the countertop. Once you've covered the entire surface, rinse the soap from the rag and go back over the counter with a hot water-soaked rag, free of dish soap.

Surprise, surprise! You can use vinegar to clean your butcher block countertop. Pour some distilled vinegar into an empty spray bottle and spray the surface of your counter. Let the vinegar sit there for a few minutes, then gently wipe it off with your clean, damp cloth.

Dry the counter as best as you can to ensure that the moisture doesn't soak into the butcher block. Use paper towels and press down on the counter to draw out any leftover water.

Although this may seem complicated, this is a very easy process to safely and thoroughly clean your butcher block countertops. For best results, you may want to repeat this cleaning routine every day for maximum cleanliness. If you feel like you don't want to go through this trouble, then feel free to click the button below to get your free You've Got Maids cleaning estimate and let us take care of it for you.