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How to Care for Your Butcher's Block

A Cotswold Company Care Guide

A butcher's block is a handy addition to any kitchen, providing a sturdy surface for chopping and preparing food. However, butcher's blocks require special care to keep them clean and looking their best. Here are some tips to keep your butcher's block in excellent condition for years to come.

Butcher's block care tips

  • Use a cutting board oil regularly to protect the surface. This will help to keep the wood from drying out and prevent cracking as well as enhance the grain of the wood. At least once a month apply an even coat to the surface of your butcher’s block using a soft cloth or disposable towel. For best results, allow the oil to fully penetrate the wood overnight before wiping off any excess oil with a soft cloth. It may have been several months since your furniture was manufactured, so the above should also be applied before first use.
  • Wipe up spills immediately. butcher's blocks are porous, so spills can quickly penetrate the surface and cause stains.
  • Avoid using harsh cleaners. These can damage the finish on the butcher's block. Instead, use a mild soap and water solution before drying thoroughly. Again, it seems obvious, but don’t wash your butcher’s tools on the surface of your butcher’s block. To keep the surface of your new butcher’s block clean and hygienic, use a good steel scraper or spatula after each use, this also helps to remove most of any liquids from the surface. To prevent damage do not use a steel brush on the cutting surface of your butcher’s block.
  • Don't let your butcher's block air dry. Instead, wipe it down with a towel after washing to prevent water damage. Due to the nature of the material, if any liquids were to soak into the wood it could expand and soften, this would affect the strength of the joints and overall appearance of your butcher’s block.
  • To help the surface wear evenly avoid cutting continuously in the same area. Do not use a razor-edged cleaver as this will damage the surface, it is recommended to use a cleaver with a dull sharpened edge.
  • Finally, to help prevent the edges or corners of the butcher’s block from splitting or chipping we recommend you maintain the same beveled edge as it had when first purchased.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your butcher's block in excellent condition for years to come.