Damaged butcher block counter top

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Forum topic by Steve53 posted 11-04-2013 05:11 PM 1230 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2013 05:11 PM

Hi folks need some advice please

Sealed new butcher block kitchen counter tops with 4 coats of waterlox – wife loves them…but

this week during a party someone left a plastic container of olives on the counter – it sat overnight and leaked olive juice/vinegar all over the counter, under plates, glasses etc left there

it has stained the surface badly, my wife tried to clean it up and the finish started to come off – see pic

what are my options?

Sand the surface and reapply the waterlox, do I have to sand the entire area down to the wood and reapply? How will the repair merge with the rest of the counter top?

How can I prevent this from happening again? Is there a ‘top coat’ I could put over the waterlox to protect it?

thank you for any help and suggestions

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#1 posted 11-04-2013 07:26 PM

How can I prevent this from happening again?

Clean your mess up before going to bed, maybe.

Seriously, I don’t know of a way to fix it short of stripping and sanding till the stain is gone, then refinishing.
You might not be able to get through the stain. Depends on how deep it soaked in.

Epoxy top coat might have avoided the staining problem, but would not be a very attractive or natural looking butcher block top. Also would be poor for heat resistance.

If you want a natural looking wood counter top you just have to commit to the procedures necessary to protect it..

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 07:47 PM

Leave it alone. It is a work surface after all. I have stains all over mine. Adds caricature

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#3 posted 11-04-2013 08:47 PM

Sit a wet sponge on it for an hour. Remove sponge and rub like hell with Baking soda. Let it sit overnight. Never done it but the mechanics make sense.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 12:42 AM

thanks for the quick replies – baking soda didn’t help

wife wants it “fixed” so I have some sanding to do…

thanks again folks

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 01:32 AM

It is a beautiful maple piece and maple doesn’t soak all that much. If you can run it through a sander to remove the surface, that might be a good option. Otherwise, use a scraper to remove a 1/32” from the top and if the scars are still visible, use some bleach and water to soak it down. The grain will be raised which means you have to sand it up to 220 before refinishing it, but it is worth it. Give it enough time to dry before sanding it. Finish it off with soaking with hot oil for several days. Pour the hot oil over it and wipe it off after 30 minutes to 1/2 hour and repeat a few times.

Good luck


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