From our Studio on Martha's Vineyard... Fine Butcher Block

How to Care for Your Butcher Block

After use, simply wipe the block with a soapy towel or sponge, and wipe dry. A paper or linen towel moistened with white vinegar will sterilize the surface after cutting meat or poultry. Never submerge your block in water or put it in the dishwasher; this will void your warranty.

When your butcher block starts to look or feel dry, mineral oil should be applied. Mineral oil is available in most hardware and kitchen supply stores. Wipe the oil on the block with a paper or linen towel. Let stand for 5 minutes, then wipe the excess off with a clean, dry towel, and the butcher block is ready for use. Never use vegetable oils, they can become rancid and create health problems.

To bring your butcher block back to its original condition, use Krug & Ryan Butcher Block Conditioner. Using the finest grade #0000 furniture finishing steel wool pad (not to be confused with S.O.S pads), buff the top and edges of you butcher block using a firm circular motion for a couple of minutes. Wipe the block clean with a dry paper towel. Apply Krug & Ryan Butcher Block Conditioner, following the directions.

To eradicate strong odors from butcher block, rub the surface with baking soda. Let stand for a few minutes, and then wipe the board clean.