A antique butcher block island can be quite an investment, so you want to keep it in good shape for years to come. Butcher block can last almost forever with proper care and maintenance. They require proper cleaning to prevent stains or other damage, and the need for regular maintenance with oil or other sealants to prevent drying. Learn the simple process to maintain the butcher block in good health, and was repaid with years of service. Pre-treatment of the block before use. Apply mineral oil liberally butcher block with a soft clean cloth. Allow the oil in the sink. Repeat applications until the block is no longer absorbing the oil. Wipe off excess oil with a fresh cloth block. Allow to dry before use.
Remove any particles of food from the plate. Wash with a clean sponge with water and mild soap, rubbing lightly if necessary to remove stuck-on food. Rinse with a clean sponge. Disinfect with a mild solution of vinegar and water if necessary. Clean the antique butcher block island and dry well. Do not allow water to stand on the board.
Bit warm mineral oil in the microwave or a sink of warm water. Using a sponge or clean cloth, wipe the oil on the antique butcher block island in the direction of the wood grain. Allow 45 minutes to a few hours for the oil to penetrate. Repeat until the wood no longer absorbs oil. Remove any excess with a clean cloth or paper towels. Allow the wood to dry overnight before reuse.