It may be tempting to treat all wooden counter-tops just like butcher blocks, but you could end up with an ugly, unhealthy counter top that doesn’t last very long if you cut food and rest pots on a wooden counter top. Some homeowners install butcher block counters so they have an automatic work surface, but using the counter top as a cutting board could invite bacteria and may be more work in the long run
Wood counter tops are a popular choice because of their durability in both wear and style. The best way to protect your wood counter tops from stains, burns, and scratches is to always put hot pots on trivets, cut only on cutting boards, and be quick about wiping up spills. But if the counter does get damaged, the eyesore is easily erased.