Finishing and Care

Butcher Block Top Care

Any Forever Joint Tops butcher block counter top or other butcher block product will come with a non-permanent coat of FDA-approved mineral oil; this gives you the option to use it as a cutting surface or to finish/seal it with an oil-based product to get a strong, durable finish that will last for years.

The instructions for care differ depending on whether you are using your butcher block top as a cutting surface or not, so you’ll want to keep this in mind before you proceed to ensure the best outcome.

This helpful page will teach you:

How to Finish Butcher Block How to Seal Butcher Block How to Clean Butcher Block

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How to Seal Butcher Block

We recommend using Waterlox® as a permanent finish/sealer. It should not be used on surfaces that you intend to cut on directly. Please click here if you are finishing a butcher block product for cutting on.

Waterlox® is a high grade tung oil and resin blend we've been recommending for years. It does a great job showcasing the natural beauty of wood while providing long-lasting, durable protection.

Additionally, this product is heat-resistant and won't crack, peel, or chip. Waterlox® is known for its great ability to lock out and protect against water, making it the perfect product for butcher block tables and butcher block countertops located all throughout your home, office, school, or restaurant.

Application Instructions

Before you start using Waterlox®, it's important that you read and follow the instructions on the can. For best results, please follow their step by step instructions on their website.


Please allow 7 Days for the Waterlox® to completely cure before cleaning. It's recommended to use a damp rag on the surface as needed. If heavier cleaning is required you can use Waterlox® Original Cleaner Concentrate (follow Instructions on the label), or a non-abrasive diluted cleaner. (Avoid using ammonia and bleach products).

For the past two years we have been recommending and personally using Waterlox®, and every time it has resulted in a beautiful long lasting finish. For additional information please visit Waterlox® website.

How to Finish Butcher Block

Butcher Block Non-Cutting Surfaces

To finish butcher block countertops, islands, or any other butcher block top you won’t be cutting on directly, we recommend Waterlox. It’s an excellent combination finisher and sealer. This can be found online at

Waterlox is an extremely water-resistant sealer/finish that produces excellent results while being very easy to work with. This is a great product if your butcher block top is near a sink or any water source. Be sure to apply on the bottom side as well.

Other finishes can do the job well enough, but be sure you that you choose only an oil-based product to avoid problems with the food-safe mineral oil with which your butcher block has already been treated.

Butcher Block Cutting Surfaces

How to finish butcher block cutting board or larger butcher block cutting surfaces: Use a high-quality bee’s wax or a butcher block oil. This must be done regularly to keep your top from drying out and cracking on the ends.

Treat the bottom and ends of the butcher block as well. Some customers seal just the bottom with Waterlox, and then apply butcher block oil on the top to make it easier to keep sealed.

If your butcher block cutting board or surface appears dry or “chalky,” it’s definitely time to treat it again. Remember, it never hurts to do this more often! Keeping it well-seasoned is critical to avoid cracking.

How to Clean Butcher Block

Studies show that hard wood like that found in Forever Joint Tops has naturally-occurring antimicrobial substances that make it more sanitary than plastic, especially as the cutting boards age. So, using bleach or other harsh chemicals is not only unnecessary, it could even damage your butcher block cutting board or other butcher block cutting surface.

  1. A mild dish soap for cleaning is all you need.
  2. If something is stuck on the butcher block surface, a nylon scraper or plastic scrubbing sponge is less likely to cause cosmetic damage than a metal tool.
  3. To sanitize, white vinegar is a good choice.

To keep your wise butcher block investment timelessly beautiful, you’ll also want to prevent it from drying out or cracking. This very simple process should be completed regularly for the best results from your butcher block.

A high-quality bee’s wax or butcher block oil are the best options. Treat the bottom and sides of your butcher block top or butcher block cutting board as well as the top to maintain a thorough seal.