How to Apply Behandla to a Butcher Block

Updated February 21, 2017

Raw wood surfaces such as butcher blocks and some types of countertops need to be sealed and oiled in order to avoid splitting and cracking. Behandla is a wood sealing and finishing product sold by Swedish retailer IKEA. It is generally comprised of tung and linseed oils. This penetrating oils can be used to treat butcher blocks and other unfinished wood surfaces. Proper application of Behandla not only protects the wood, but gives it a nice tone and lustre.

Clean the butcher block surface and allow to completely dry. Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges.

Plug in a hair dryer and begin gently warming the surface of the butcher block. Turn off and place the hair dryer aside. Apply a light coating of the Behandla with a paint brush. As soon as the surface is covered, rub the surface with a clean, dry, lint-free towel or rag to even distribute the Behandla. Do not allow more than 15 minutes between painting the surface and rubbing with the cloth.

Turn on the hair dryer and again warm the surface. Rub the surface with a new, clean, dry towel to remove any excess Behandla.

Allow the surface to dry at least 2 to 4 hours before adding another coat by repeating the previous steps. Allow the butcher block to completely cure for 24 hours before using.


Clean used paint brushes with water and soak used towels in water.

Things You'll Need

  • Behandla
  • Paint brush
  • Clean, lint-free cloth
  • Hair dryer
  • Fine grit sandpaper
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