Butcher Block Oil

Butcher Block Oil is a natural protectant for all wood surfaces that come in contact with food. Use this oil-based finish on wood cutting boards, utensils, bowls and butcher blocks.

The mineral oils used in General Finishes Butcher Block Oil meet all the requirements for use on wooden products that come in contact with food.

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General Finishes Butcher Block Oil, 16 oz Bottle

Instructions

Step 1: Preparation for Butcher Block Oil

Preparation for New, Untreated Butcher Block
See our video: How to Prep Sand Raw Wood

  1. Prep sand with 120-grit sandpaper.
  2. Remove dust with a vacuum, compressed air, a tack cloth or a water-dampened rag.  
  3. Do not over-sand with fine-grit sandpapers; this will close and seal the wood grain, preventing ideal product absorption.

Preparation of an Existing Surface that has Previously Been Treated with Butcher Block Oil

  1. Remove food residue using a pastry scraper or spatula to gently scrape areas where you find dried-on food or residue. Avoid gouging the wood by keeping the blade at an angle that just skims the surface.
  2. Scrub using a scrub brush, Scotch Brite Pad, or sponge and scrub the butcher block with hot water and mild dish soap.
  3. Rinse with hot water: Run a clean dishcloth through hot water and rinse several times.
  4. Dry thoroughly with a clean dish towel or paper towel.
  5. Let the surface dry overnight before applying another coat of Butcher Block Oil.

Step 2: How To Apply General Finishes Butcher Block Oil

General Finishes Butcher Block Oil Application Steps 

  1. Apply 2 coats of Butcher Block oil with a soft cloth. 
  2. Let the first coat soak in for half an hour and then wipe off the excess. 
  3. Apply the second coat. Let it absorb into the raw wood for 5+ minutes, then wipe the surface completely dry with a clean cloth.
  4. Food-safe Butcher Block Oil is a maintenance product. Regular applications are recommended to keep the surface stain-repellant and looking its best.

Cleanup of Butcher Block Oil

Cleanup
Clean application materials, hands or spills with mineral spirits. 

Prevention 
Protect your workspace with a tarp, your hands with gloves, and your clothes with an apron.

Maintenance of Surfaces Treated with Butcher Block Oil

Wipe up food and water spills immediately. Do not leave standing water or wet materials on a butcher block. Never let cutting boards sit in a sink.

General Finishes food-safe Butcher Block Oil is a maintenance product. Regular applications are recommended to keep the surface stain-repellant and looking its best.

Storage of Maintenance Products

Life of Product
Maintenance products are best used within 1 year of the manufacture date listed on the bottom of the can. The following best practice will increase the life of your product:

Store in moderate temperatures. Avoid temperatures above 80°F/26°C. Heat-damaged product cannot be revitalized. Temperature-controlled spaces, such as a basement, are ideal for storage. Do not store product in an attic, garage, in direct sunlight, or next appliances with heat or flame such as a furnace.

Warnings and Warranties

Compatibility: Do not use water-based products with Linseed Oils or Danish Oils.

Limited Warranty
General Finishes products must be tested to your complete satisfaction before using. General Finishes will not be responsible for color satisfaction, misapplication, nor compatibility with other manufacturers' products. General Finishes will be responsible only for the cost of our products, and not for costs such as labor, damage or project replacement. 

Contamination and Compatibility
Our finishes are engineered as a system and are compatible with each other. General Finishes cannot guarantee an ideal refinish when applying our products on top of or combined with another company's products or over surfaces that have been in contact with waxes, polishes or sprays containing contaminants such as silicone. Test for adherence and aesthetics before beginning. 

Danger: Contents are COMBUSTIBLE. Keep away from heat and open flame. Application materials or other waste soaked with this product may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately after use, place rags, steel wool or waste in a sealed, water-filled, metal container. Dispose of in accordance with local fire regulations.

CAUTION: Contains ALIPHATIC HYDROCARBONS. VAPOR HARMFUL. Use only with adequate ventilation. DELAYED EFFECTS FROM LONG-TERM OVEREXPOSURE. Contains solvents which can cause permanent brain and nervous system damage. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating & inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.

Warning
If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log onto www.epa.gov/lead.

Do not swallow; first aid: drink water to dilute product. May cause eye and skin irritation; first aid: flush eyes thoroughly with water.

FIRST AID: In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with large amounts of water for 15 minutes and get medical attention. For skin contact, wash thoroughly with soap and water. In case of respiratory difficulty, provide fresh air and call physician. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately. 

Warning
This product contains a chemical known to the State Of California to cause cancer and birth defects. Do not swallow; first aid: drink water to dilute product. May cause eye or skin irritation; first aid: flush eyes thoroughly with water.

Specifications

Basic Features
Product Colors Clear
Base Type Mineral Oil
Ambering No
Interior or Exterior Interior only
Type Mineral Oil
Application
Coats 1+ coats
Application Method Wipe On with Clean Rag
Brushable Yes
Usable over existing finishes Yes
Sprayable No
Dry Time
Dry Time - Recoat 5 minutes
Contents
Can Sizes 16 oz. bottles, Gallons
Technical Data
Weight Solids 100%
VOC <0 g/L. Varies by color. See color-specific SDS for exact number.

FAQs

Butcher Block Oil FAQs

*What Finish Would You Recommend for a Butcher Block Counter Top?

It depends on the type of use you plan for your butcher-block top and the look you want.

If it is a statement piece and not intended for high use, almost any finish would work. If you intend to prep or chop food, either General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Topcoat or General Finishes Butcher Block Oil could be applied.

However, neither product will withstand continuous water use or standing water, or hold up to knife cuts. We always use a cutting board just as we would on a standard kitchen counter. Basically, all horizontal wood surfaces in a kitchen must be maintained, and will easily wear with high water use.

Differences:

  • Butcher Block Oil is a maintenance product that should be reapplied over time. It has a lovely matte finish that soaks into the wood and is an excellent protectant for wood surfaces that come in contact with food. Simply wipe on, allow 5 minutes to penetrate and wipe off the excess. It can also be used on cutting boards, utensils, or bowls. It is one of our most popular finished for butcher-block counters.
     
  • Arm-R-Seal is a fine furniture finish, offers several levels of sheen and is General Finishes most durable finish. It has been successfully used on home bar projects with this caveat. No fine furniture finish is impervious to water. Spills must be wiped up in a timely manner.

For a more water resistant finish, we recommend visiting a finish dealer that carries lines specifically designed for high water use such as an Epoxy or a professional two-step catalyzed finish such as General Finishes Conversion Varnish.

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