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Wood Countertops

When you think of a wood countertop you usually think of butcher blocks, the thick hardwood maple surfaces that you see a professional chef standing in front of. This style of a wood countertop is commonly set up as an island in the kitchen. Butcher blocks are a chef’s dream countertop because they won’t dull knives, they provide a convenient chopping and food prep area, and the surface can be made smooth again with a simple sanding.

Maple isn’t the only option for a wood countertop. There are endless combinations of wood species, construction styles, thicknesses, and edge profiles to make your countertop a one of a kind show piece. Wood offers a natural warmth and beauty few materials can match when it comes to countertops. With any wood, a sealant is required and it should be periodically re-oiled to maintain its water and stain resistant properties. Sealant is especially important if your wood countertop is placed near a sink because wood is susceptible to water damage.

When it comes to cleaning your wood countertop, you should follow your manufacturer’s directions. As a rule of thumb, you should always avoid using any harsh detergents on wood.