Stains on oak butcher block

Old 05-04-00, 10:07 AM
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I gave up on a natural finish on a previous oak butcher block kitchen table because of black rings from aluminum cans. Now the butcher block installed in my new kitchen is stained by both orange juice and strawberry juice. I had oiled according to instructions. I really don't want to be sanding this down every 6 months. Is there an alternative to going the polyurethane route? Would more oil do the trick?
Old 05-04-00, 10:21 AM
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I don't know of an oil finish that will give you the protection you need. I would use varnish - not polyurethane. It's available in a variety of sheens, isn't that difficult to apply (use a foam throw-away brush to reduce streaks and bubbles), and is very durable.

The other alternative (after cleaning and sanding, of course) would be a wax finish. Use a good hard paste wax (Johnson's Bowling Alley Wax would be a good choice). You'll probably have to re-wax about twice a year but that's a lot less mess than sanding it out.

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