I have an old Butcher table top that is covered with dried blood, etc. I was
wondering if anyone had any ideas about how to clean it down to the wood. I
think it might be walnut - heavy as all get out. About 4" thick and 8' long.
I believe the preferred treatment was a wire brush like tool and hot AND
I DO MEAN HOT water. The wire brush had bristles more like scrapers. So
if you come across a scrubbing brush that looks like a wire brush and
the wires look like scrapers buy it.
A butcher's block is made of end grain. Beech I think or maybe ash which
-if it isn't the bloodstain misleading, you is what you have. In use,
would stop the blood going too deep.
Posted via Mailgate.ORG Server - http://www.Mailgate.ORG
HOT water and the wire brush is the way to go. You can toss a bit of
bleach in the water to kill the bacteria and it won't hurt the block a
bit. Scrub it like there is no tomorrow and don't worry too much
about wearing out the top. After you get it cleaned, wipe it down
with lots of mineral oil. You should do the mineral oil every day for
as long as it takes to get the top to swell back into shape. It is
most likely maple. The fat and oil that has soaked into the wood will
render sandpaper usesless and the end grain will bugger you if you try
to plane it. Real butcher blocks will get a few cracks and chips
around the edges, just consider it "character" and call it good.
I heard of a machine once that would flatten a block if it was so bad
you couldn't cut meat on it anymore. It was a large bandsaw that was
clamped to the table top and then pulled across. I guess it was very
similar to the concept of a chain saw lumber mill only much larger.
That was many years ago and I've never seen one in actual use.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.