Wood Counter Tops
Wood Counter Tops – PROS AND CONS OF WOOD COUNTERTOPS
The two lists below double as a table of contents.
Pros of Butcher Block Countertops
- Cheap & Easy To Maintain
- They’re Sanitary
- When Sealed They Are Waterproof
- Extremely Durable
- Unique Patterns
- They’re Cheap
- You Can Buy Them Locally
- You Can Cut On Them
- Heat Resistant
- Easy to repair & Refinish
Cons of Butcher Block Countertops
- Maintenance Is Required
- They Can Be Scratched
- If You’re Careless They Can Burn
- Fewer Fabricators Than For Stone Counters
- Not Naturally Waterproof
ARE WOOD COUNTERTOPS HIGH MAINTAINANCE?
The answer is yes and no.
Overall, they aren’t a lot of work to maintain.
But if you’re comparing them to quartz, which is maintenance free.
Then yes, they are a lot of work.
Here’s what to do to keep them looking their best.
How to care for Butcher Block
The best way to care for wood counters is to keep them dry.
Water is your enemy, and if you haven’t been sealing them regularly, then water will damage them.
Wipe up any spills before the wood has time to absorb them.
How to Clean Them
Cleaning butcher block countertops does not differ from any other kitchen work surface.
Mop up spills immediately with a damp rag or paper towel and never let accidents linger longer than necessary.
Adding a drop of liquid soap to your wet rag will help loosen any sticky or greasy spills, making them easier to wipe up.
When you’re done using your countertop wipe it down with a clean wet rag and you’re all set.
Don’t use harsh cleansers like Windex or any other chemicals.
Over time, they’ll dry out the wood and make it easier for permanent stains to settle in.
How to Treat and Finish Them Properly
Mineral oil is cheap, protects the wood, and can make minor damage disappear.
If you use mineral oil, apply a thin layer once a month for the first year after installation.
After that, you can apply it once every six months or more often if the surface looks dull and dry.