Caring for Solid wood worktops
When you choose a solid wood worktop for your kitchen, you are making an investment. It’s somewhat more expensive than a laminated surface, but can provide a lifetime of use and a natural and stylish look to the kitchen.
Being a natural product, it requires a little more care, but treat it properly and you will be rewarded.
To help prevent your wooden worktop from warping, bowing, or from grain separation, it is important to have a regular care regime in place
Please don’t consider using regular multi-purpose cleaning agents on the surface. Most of them have harsh abrasive chemicals which can be very damaging to natural wood. You should also avoid placing hot pots and pans directly on to the surface (use a trivet) and you should always avoid getting excessive amount of water on the surface. If you do, you should wipe it up immediately.
Also, remember that as you place sharp or rough items on the work-surface, you may begin to create scratches and nicks in the wood. This is not a problem of itself, as a ‘used’ appearance can be quite attractive on a wooden surface, but just be aware. Obviously, we would recommend against cutting items directly on the surface – always use a chopping board.
Treating your wood
If you do create scratches you are not happy with, it is possible to use an appropriate grade of sandpaper to remove surface scratches, but it must be done with care to avoid creating low spots. If you do sand an area, you should immediately follow this by an oiling treatment as detailed below.
Once every 3 months, apply a light coating of oil to your worktop. There are a number of types of oil you can use, but a good choice is ‘Danish Oil’ which is a mixture of different oils, is quite easy to use and is quite durable.
Pour the oil directly on to the centre of the wooden surface, then, using a lint free material ( a lightweight jersey material from an old T-shirt is ideal ), gradually work the oil outwards toward the edges in the direction of the grain to achieve an even coverage. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and repeat, then repeat once more and you will achieve a beautiful natural lustre.