Ikea recommends using a wood oil periodically to treat the countertop, but we couldn't see it standing up to traffic. I agreed that a varnish was necessary, but felt uneasy about prepping food, the wait time for drying, and the fumes. That's when I came across this product:
I liked that they claimed to be a green product and the water based finish boasted a short drying time with no smell. After three coats on the butcher block, this proved true, I also liked the way that it retained a natural look even with the coating.
So how have my butcher blocks held up after 6 months of coffee drinking and all that messiness?!? As far as my main concern, food stains, not one. Coffee wipes clean even days later, jam, spaghetti sauce, even food dye the day after my daughter's birthday party. Some people have concerns with hygiene and butcher blocks, I treat mine like a regular counter and use a cutting board, so knife marks have not been a problem. Two things have been an issue (although not huge), so a word of caution; any corrosive type product should not be left on the countertop. I once left some Tide detergent next to the sink and the blue dye ate its way into the wood grain, my husband notices it but I do not, also, cookies + wax paper directly on to the countertop, bad idea! The heat will melt the shape of the cookie right on to the butcher block.
|Cookie stains on butcher block|
|Another view of cookie stains|
I am still really happy about them, especially since water and food stains have not been an issue. We may re-sand, nourish with oil and re-varnish in the summer to get the cookie marks out, but I do not feel it warrants a harsh, smelly product as we have learned our lesson! I would recommend the countertops to anyone with these bits of advice: use a varnish to seal out food stains and ABSOLUTELY no heat!!!