Wooden worktops are a wonderful choice if you want to do something a bit different with your contemporary kitchen. What’s important, however, it is important that you take extra care of it if you want it to stand the test of time. Your contemporary kitchen is to last you many years, so this week we have a guide on keeping the wooden worktop in the best possible condition.
Keep your Contemporary Kitchen Worktops in Top Condition with Regular Oiling
While you will find that laminate and other worktops can become marked and damaged over time, this can be avoided with a wooden worktop as it will become deeper and richer when treated correctly. Scratches and damage can be easily sanded down, and the use of specialist oil will return it to its original form.
How to Oil a Wooden Worktop
First thing – No varnish! If you want your wooden worktop to survive then you want to avoid anything on the surface that may crack or chip. If your worktop is damaged then it may harbour germs, something which is certainly not hygienic in a kitchen. There are many forms of oil which will keep your wooden worktop waterproof and protected.
Hardwood worktops should receive between three and five thin coats of protective wood oil before they are installed. As well as the top, all sides, including the underneath and the edges, should be treated. Work the oil into the worktop in the direction of the grain using a cloth that is lint-free, such as an old t-shirt or a tea towel, as opposed to a brush. The end grain of the wooden worktops around the sink need extra coats as they are closest to water.
It will take up to an hour for each coat to dry. Check the whole area feels smooth and that the colour is even. Do this for every coat you apply. You will find that the first coats of oil will dry quickly, but the last couple may need up to eight hours to completely sink in.
Re-oiling and Aftercare
Many experts recommend you treat new wooden worktops with oil every week for the first six weeks, and then at least once every three months to protect them from wear and to keep them looking their best. If you treat them regularly, they will look like new for many years to come.
Once you notice the sheen has gone, the wood appears to be dry and dull and water no longer “beads” on the surface, that is the time for you to apply another coat. If you find that your wooden worktop appears to need oiling more regularly than recommended then do so, there is no such thing as “over-oiling”.
If your wooden worktops begin to look grubby, it can easily be cleaned with a soapy solution of washing up liquid in warm water. Apply it with a J-cloth or something similar and wipe dry afterwards. Then, re-oil with several coats.
If your wooden worktop is damaged or needs to be renovated, simply sand it down with fine sandpaper or wire wool. Gouges or dents can be filled with wood filler and sanded back. Then, once again, add several thin coats of oil and it will be perfectly restored. Ring marks can also be sanded out and then re-oiled in that area alone. Black marks may actually be caused by contact with metals or by moisture seeping in because you have not oiled the wooden worktop enough. Again, sand it back and reseal it with oil.
Things to Remember
- Wipe up spills straight away, especially when you are working with a new wooden worktop. This will avoid staining.
- Do not use harsh cleaning products or scouring powders.
- Prepare food using a chopping board for food prep, as cutting directly onto the wooden worktop will cause damage.
- Be sure to use heat-resistant mats for hot pans to keep the wooden worktop protected from scorch marks.
Talk to the Experts
If you would like to install a new contemporary kitchen into your home with wooden worktops, then look no further. The design experts at Euan Begg can guide you through your options for whatever the size of your kitchen or budget. Contact us today for more