There are many different countertops for kitchen, but butcher block countertops remain popular for many reasons. Butcher block countertops made from wood add an elegant and refined touch to any kitchen. One of the most wonderful benefits that this type of countertop offers is that it is environmentally friendly, which is especially beneficial these days. There is also some inherent usefulness provided by this material, besides being natural. For instance, it is highly tough and extremely easy to work and install. Even the imperfections of this type of countertop can wind up adding to its appeal and charm. If you properly maintain your butcher block kitchen counter tops, they will remain beautiful and long lasting. The best treatments for butcher block countertops are inert oils which can continually be reapplied to the surface of the wood. These oils fill in the natural pores in the wood and repel other oils, liquids and food which may contaminate the surface. Only inert oils are safe for use in treating butcher block counters. Vegetable or other cooking oils will eventually turn rancid and give your counters a spoiled food odor.