Removing Stains and Scratches from Butcher Block

butcher block with stain

How to Remove Stains & Scratches from Butcher Block.

Liquid spills on butcher blocks can result in stains if you allow them to stand and dry. On the other hand, if you tend to them promptly, you'll find they're easy to remove. Stains that penetrate deep into wood, old stains, and knife gouges typically require a bit more elbow grease, but they too can usually be removed. Regardless of whether you're tackling a stain, a scratch or a gouge, remember it's important that you always sand and/or rub in the direction of the wood grain, never against it.

Restore your butcher block to its original, natural beauty.

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butcher block with stain removed

Oftentimes, fresh stains can be removed by sprinkling kosher salt or table salt on the stained area and rubbing with a damp sponge. If the stain remains, consider using sandpaper.

Stubborn stains and deep scratches usually require sanding. Given the hardness of butcher block you may need to use a coarse sandpaper like 80 to 100 grit. Afterwards, sand with a finer-grit paper to restore smoothness.

Next, wipe the butcher block clean with a damp, soapy wash cloth. Be sure to dry it thoroughly. Finally, treat the newly-exposed area with a food safe mineral oil product such as  Boos Mystery Oil or  Boos Board Cream.