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Maintain Your Wooden Countertop

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WHY DO THIS?


Wooden countertops are especially susceptible to germs because bacteria can thrive in the small grooves and cracks naturally found in the wooden surface. Cleaning your wooden countertop daily will protect your and your family from bacteria and foodborne illnesses.

15 MINUTES
EASY

What You'll Need:

  • sandpaper (120 grit)
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • a soft cloth
  • mineral oil
  • sponges
  • dish soap

How To:

Need a hand? To hire a professional to maintain your wooden countertops, visit Angie's List to find a service provider in your area.

  1. 1

    Check your wooden countertop for burn marks and scratches. It’s especially important to find scratches because they can harbor bacteria. Scratches can be removed with a light sanding. Sand the affected areas with your 120 grit sand paper until the surface is smooth. If your scratch is especially bad, try using sandpaper with higher grit.

  2. 2

    If your wooden counter is burned, begin the stain-fighting process by rubbing the area liberally with lemon juice. Pour table salt over the lemon juice, and let the mixture sit on the stain for five to ten minutes. Wipe away the salt and lemon juice. If the stain persists, repeat the process until the stain is removed.

  3. 3

    Once all stains, burn marks and scratches are repaired, it’s time to seal the surface. Using a soft cloth, liberally rub mineral oil into the wooden surface. Re-oil the surface monthly to protect your countertop.

  4. 4

    Clean your wooden countertop daily with warm water and dish soap to keep bacteria away. Remember, bacteria thrive in moist environments, so thoroughly dry your surface after it has been cleaned.

  5. 5

    Avoid using vinegar-based solutions on wooden countertops. The acid in the vinegar can dissolve the glue that holds the wooden pieces together.

  6. 6

    Avoid placing raw meat onto your countertop. If you do, sanitize the area immediately! To do this, mix a solution of nine parts water and one part bleach in a plastic spray bottle. Liberally spray the area that was exposed to raw meat, and then wipe the area with a wet sponge. Thoroughly dry the area and then you’ll be good to go!

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