This beautiful reversible 6" thick butcher block is manufactured from the finest northern-white species of hard rock maple. Maple wood is naturally anti-bacterial and won't harbor any bacteria. On top of that, the Boos cream finish creates a protective layer that prevents food and moisture from damaging the wood. Make sure to reapply cream or oil when the board becomes dry or lighter in color. To ensure the life of the block, wipe with mild soap, water, and damp cloth to clean.