Hardwood countertops and kitchen island tops are a perfect combination of beauty and functionality. These natural solid wood tops bring an affectionate radiance to any kitchen. Besides the warm look that these natural materials provide, they also stand out for their remarkable functionality. Being hard, dense and durable, and imparting no taste or odor to food, hardwoods like beechwood, maple, black locust, or cherry are ideal for fabricating countertops, butcher blocks or cutting boards. The butcher blocks are made of hardwood strips glued together using waterproof glue. This is the perfect kitchen countertop for a cook, who does plenty of slicing and dicing.
Wood is a natural living material, subject to natural forces. We want to draw attention to the maintenance instructions for your solid wood countertop, island top, or butcher block. Following these directions carefully, will result in having an easy to maintain, a great-looking custom countertop that will last for many years.
The primary care and maintenance for hardwood countertops:
Our tops are plastic sealed before shipping. The top has to be oiled when it is taken out of the packaging. All sides of the countertop should be oiled (top, edges, and bottom) the way described below. After the countertop is in place, it is best to apply three successive coats of mineral oil and then keep applying one coat per month, or as needed, on an ongoing basis. For extra protection, melt a 1 to 4 mixture of wax and mineral oil and apply it to your top. This mixture will constitute additional protection against stains and moisture.
Do not cut, drill, or change your top in any way without thoroughly refinishing all exposed surfaces.
Do not use or spill vinegar on a top that has a mineral oil finish. It might cause cupping, cracking, and warping that is beyond repair.
Do not use harsh detergents or chemicals.
Do not place these tops near excessive heat sources such as stoves without proper insulation between the heat source and the edge of the top.
Do not expose tops to excessive heat, cold, or moisture! Please do not use the hardwood top as a hot pad and do not place on it items like microwave oven, dishwasher or stove burners.
Almost all issues on solid wood countertops, island tops, and butcher blocks are caused by dryness. Your butcher block will look great and have a long life if properly treated with mineral oil regularly. For specific problems, see the following: