FSC® Certified and reclaimed wood products

Installation & Maintenance

Installation & Maintenance

 

Maintenance

Congratulations, you own a gorgeous, wood worktop…lucky you!
Whether you use your work surface for rough and ready chopping,
or as precious heirloom,
please keep a few things in mind:

Everyday Care

Just use a damp sponge and soap…easy.
Avoid harsh chemical cleaners and standing water.
Do not rest hot dishes directly on the wood surface.

For Cutting Surfaces

  • Upon receipt, wipe oil on weekly for the first month.
  • Then, oil monthly, using BioShield Herbal Oil.
  • Wipe on, let sit for 20 minutes, wipe off.
  • Carefully dispose of paper towels.
  • Avoid using your freshly oiled surface for 12 hours.
  • See finish manufacturers instructions for additional info.

For Work Surfaces

  • Upon receipt, wipe oil on weekly, for the first month.
  • Then, oil monthly or as needed, using BioShield Hard Oil.
  • Wipe on, let sit for 20 minutes, wipe off.
  • Carefully dispose of paper towels.
  • Avoid using your freshly oiled surface for 12 hours.
  • See finish manufacturers instructions for additional info.

For Extra Water Resistance

  • Upon receipt, wipe oil on weekly, for the first month.
  • Then, oil monthly or as needed, using Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner.
  • Wipe on, let sit for 20 minutes, wipe off.
  • Carefully dispose of paper towels.
  • Avoid using your freshly oiled surface for 12 hours.
  • See finish manufacturers instructions for additional info.

For Fuss Free Maintenance

  • Be vigilant during the first month, as your finish is still curing.
  • Keep your surface clean, using mild soap and water.
  • Light scratches may be buffed out.
  • Surface may need refinishing, approximately every 5 years.
  • See finish manufacturers instructions for additional info

Troubleshooting

Most issues relating to wood are due to a common culprit: dryness.
Not to fear, as worktops are easy to repair with a little care and elbow grease.

For Checking & Splitting

  • Separations along the joints are due to extreme dryness,
    or simply not being hydrated enough.
  • To repair, melt 1:4 paraffin wax and oil to fill all cracks.
  • Continue to oil on a regular basis.

For Warping

  • Due to uneven moisture content between the top and bottom of the surfaces.
  • Oil the concave side of the surface.
  • Oil with vigor until the issue is corrected.

For Stains

  • Water spots, food stains will occur when allowed to sit on the surface for too long.
  • Dark Rings: commonly caused by wet, corroding metal
  • Lemon juice or white vinegar, allowed to sit for 30 minutes,
    does wonders on many stains.
  • Using a very light touch, sand the surface (150 grit) until the stain is removed.
  • Continue to oil on a regular basis.

For Nicks & Gauges

  • Knifes and heavy pans may take its toll.
  • Using a very light touch, sand the surface (150 grit) until the knick is removed.
  • Continue to oil on a regular basis.

For Heat Damage

  • Please use a trivet when using working with hot pans.
  • Light Rings: commonly caused by hot dishes, creating a waxy residue
  • Using a very light touch, sand the surface (150 grit) until the scorch is removed.
  • Hair dryers can help remove trapped moisture rings
  • Continue to oil on a regular basis.

For Color Variation

  • Not a problem…wood is natural!
  • Due to mineral deposits or a mixture of heart & sap wood.
  • Enjoy the character of the natural distinctions within a tree.

Installation

Your Endurawood Butcher Block has been kiln dried to 6-8% moisture content. 
In the rainy season, it will absorb moisture and expand; when humidity decreases it will contract.
A 25” wide top can expand or contract by 1/16” to 3/16” in varying conditions.
When installing your butcher block, allowances should be made for these seasonal changes.

Endurawood uses a special countertop fastener to allow for the natural movement in wood

Installing your Endurawood Butcher Block Countertop

  • Pre-drill screw holes.
  • Be sure to wipe finish on all cuts, cut outs and drill holes.
  • Do not over tighten the screws, as this can restrict movement.
  • Use “Figure 8’s” to attach countertop to supports (cabinetry, etc)
  • When using the “Figure 8” washers, the flat side around the small hole should face up.
  • Fasten up from the bottom.
  • Use a lag bolt, long enough to penetrate one half the top’s thickness.
  • Use one bolt per foot to attach across the width of the surface
  • Use one bolt every three feet to attach across the length of the surface