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We recently bought a kitchen cabinet at Ikea and finally put it together this weekend.

It's beautiful, with a nice wood countertop.


Problem is, we are supposed to treat it with this special wood oil, approved for surfaces that food gets prepared on, and of course nobody told us this when we were there.


The oil only costs $4. something, but they want $21 for shipping and handling.

Would anyone in Portland who likes to go to Ikea on occasion buy a can for us and send it at the regular postal rate (I can pay you via paypal)?


This is the product: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50070378


Please sent me a pm if you can help!

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A google search reveals


Mineral oil - not mineral spirits. Unscented baby oil is the same thing. You'll need to clean it well with dish soap and water followed with white vinegar (disinfectant) or diluted bleach (1 part bleach 10 parts water) after it dries, rub the mineral oil on and let it sit over night. In the morning wipe off any excess oil and wash with soapy water.


You'll need to repeat this process about twice a year - maybe more if you use it a lot.

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now you know Im bored. I got on my wood top suppliers website here is what was there. Keep in mind this is for a food prep area. If your not going to prepare foods that contain didease, parasites or any unwanted things, or prepar raw meats or other goods I would leave it alone or add a low gloss lacquer. I have one of these for wine display but no prep is done and its looked good for 10 years.





  1. Periodically (once every several weeks, depending upon the use and household conditions), apply an even coat of mineral oil or Boos Mystery Oil to the work surface of your butcher block. Sponge on with a rag!
  2. DO NOT allow moisture of any type to stand on the block for long periods of time. Don't let fresh, wet meats lay on the block longer than necessary. Brine, water and blood contain much moisture, which soaks into the wood, causing the block to expand, the wood to soften, and affects the strength, of the glued joints.
  3. Use a good steel scraper or spatula several times a day, as necessary, to keep the cutting surface clean and sanitary. Do not use a steel brush on the cutting surface of your block.
  4. DO NOT cut fish or fowl on the work surface of your butcher block, unless you have thoroughly followed the instructions in step #1...as the moisture barrier must be intact prior to cutting any type of fish, seafood, or fowl on the work surface of your butcher block. ALWAYS CLEAN THE BLOCK THOROUGHLY AFTER CUTTING FISH OR FOWL ON THE WORK SURFACE.
  5. Be sure NEVER to cut continuously in the same place on the top of your block. Distribute your cutting over the entire work surface so that it will wear evenly. DON'T use a razor-edged cleaver. It will chip or splinter the wood and produce soft spots. Your cleaver should have dull sharpened edge for best results.
  6. NEVER wash your block with harsh detergents of any type. DON'T wash your butcher's tools on your block.
  7. At the conclusion of a day's work preparing meat or food on your butcher block, scraping the block will remove 75% of the moisture. After scraping, immediately dry thoroughly with an absorbent towel. This assures an odorless, clean cutting surface for the next day, and prevents premature quick deterioration of the work surface.
  8. Maintain the same bevel on the edge of your block, as it had when you bought it. This prevents splitting or chipping of outside boards.
  9. Your block, should be turned over periodically to allow even usage to both work surfaces.

Note: Butcher Block cutting boards are not dishwasher compatible.

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