How To Clean Wood Countertops

Date Published: June 4, 2021
Author: Kylee Smith

Cleaning wood countertops the wrong way could cause issues for you in the long run. Let's avoid these issues and learn how to properly clean wood countertops.

I got this information from a long time of experience with wood countertops.

How To Clean Wood Countertops

Follow these 4 simple steps to clean your wood countertops the professional way.

Step 1: Scrape Off Stuck On Foods

Let’s scrape off any stuck-on food or grime. You can use a metal pastry scraper to get this job done.

Before we get into the other steps, we want to ensure that there is no food or grime stuck to the countertops and remove it.

Step 2: Clean Your Wood Countertops

Clean your wood countertops using a sponge with a scrub side with warm water and (AMZ PRODUCT HERE) dish soap will work fine but I suggest purchasing this product asap for the next time you need to clean your wood countertops. Dawn works perfectly for this.

Make sure you scrub all areas of your countertops especially the heavily used areas.

Step 3: Rinse Your Wood Countertops

You will now need to rinse your wood countertops using just water and a wet cloth. Be sure to rinse a few times to ensure that all of the soap is removed. Leaving soap can cause problems down the road.

Step 4: Disinfect Your Wood Countertops

This is an important step and should be done at least once per month in my personal opinion.

Using white vinegar and a clean dry cloth spread the vinegar on your countertops and let it sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes scrub your wood countertops once again using a sponge with a scrub side.

After 15 minutes and you have scrubbed move to step 5.

Step 5: Rinse Your Wood Countertops Again

Now it is time to rinse your wood countertops once again. This time we are removing the white vinegar. Be sure to rinse a few times to ensure that the vinegar is completely removed.

Steps 1 through 3 should be done at least once per week. The 4th step I usually only do once per month for my wood countertop.

How To Remove Stains In Wood Countertops

There are many ways to clean the stains out of a wood countertop but the best way I have found is by using a fresh lemon cut in half and setting it where the stain is for about 30 minutes. You can move the lemon around like a sponge to ensure that the acidic juices get into the stain.

Add salt for a bit of abrasiveness to the lemon.

If this doesn’t work you may need to sand your wood countertop using 120 grit sandpaper to work out the stain.

I recommend doing this across your entire wood countertop surface to keep things even.

Once you have sanded your wood countertop just recoat with mineral oil or whatever oil was used when they were installed and let it set.

Final Thoughts

Taking care of your wood countertops by cleaning them regularly will help prolong the life of them. The best part about wood countertops is that you can sand them down as needed to remove stains.

Wood countertops are not that hard to care for and can last a lifetime if properly handled.

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