Preparation for New, Untreated Butcher Block
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- Prep sand with 120-grit sandpaper.
- Remove dust with a vacuum, compressed air, a tack cloth or a water-dampened rag.
- Do not over-sand with fine-grit sandpapers; this will close and seal the wood grain, preventing ideal product absorption.
Preparation of an Existing Surface that has Previously Been Treated with Butcher Block Oil
- Remove food residue using a pastry scraper or spatula to gently scrape areas where you find dried-on food or residue. Avoid gouging the wood by keeping the blade at an angle that just skims the surface.
- Scrub using a scrub brush, Scotch Brite Pad, or sponge and scrub the butcher block with hot water and mild dish soap.
- Rinse with hot water: Run a clean dishcloth through hot water and rinse several times.
- Dry thoroughly with a clean dish towel or paper towel.
- Let the surface dry overnight before applying another coat of Butcher Block Oil.
Step 2: How To Apply General Finishes Butcher Block Oil
General Finishes Butcher Block Oil Application Steps
- Apply 2 coats of Butcher Block oil with a soft cloth.
- Let the first coat soak in for half an hour and then wipe off the excess.
- Apply the second coat. Let it absorb into the raw wood for 5+ minutes, then wipe the surface completely dry with a clean cloth.
- Butcher Block Oil is a maintenance product. Regular applications are recommended to keep the surface stain-repellant and looking its best.
Cleanup of Butcher Block Oil
Clean application materials, hands or spills with mineral spirits.
Protect your workspace with a tarp, your hands with gloves, and your clothes with an apron.
Maintenance of Surfaces Treated with Butcher Block Oil
Wipe up food and water spills immediately. Do not leave standing water or wet materials on a butcher block. Never let cutting boards sit in a sink.
General Finishes Butcher Block Oil is a maintenance product. Regular applications are recommended to keep the surface stain-repellant and looking its best.