How to clean butcher-block countertops

A butcher block counter is a delightful way to warm-up a kitchen with natural tones. Our tips will help it rich and warm.

People choose butcher block countertops for a variety of different reasons. After all, they are inexpensive, easy to maintain, and look stellar. Butcher blocks also do double duty acting as a cutting board when needed. Many don’t realize that those scratches in the board harbor a lot of bacteria. The type of ones that make you sick.

Items that you’ll need for the cleaning:

  • dish soap
  • sponge
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • white vinegar
  • dish towel
  • small bowl

Step 1. Scrub the counter

Clear the countertops of everything. Scrape off any visible caked on dirt, crumbs, food smudges etc. Then add a couple of drops of dish soap to a wet sponge. Give the countertop a good scrub with the sponge. Try to scrub with the grain of the blocks making sure to get into the seams is possible. Rinse out the sponge and wipe all excess soap from the counter.

Step 2. Apply the white vinegar

Get a clean dish towel and pour the white vinegar onto it. Make sure that the towel is saturated but not dripping wet. Wipe down the entire counter with the towel. This serves to disinfect the countertop. Leave a thin wet coat on the blocks. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Step 3. Apply the salt and lemon juice

Once the vinegar wash has dried, mix 1 cup of lemon juice with a 1/2 cup of salt in a small bowl into a pasty consistency. Use a sponge and rub the salty paste onto the counter. Concentrate on doing this to portions of the block that have spots. It also is another layer of disinfectant for the counter.

Step 4. Wipe off the salty paste

Wipe away any remaining paste or residue left on the counter with a clean moist dish towel.

You’re all set. Your butcher block countertop should be nice and clean now. This is a task you can do by yourself, but if you did the steps above and it’s still not clean… make sure to call our Handyman and we’ll be happy to do it for you.