There’s no denying that having wooden kitchen worktops offers a warm, timeless look that simply can’t be achieved with other materials. Although most surfaces require some degree of maintenance, for many, the process of regularly renovating their countertops can be extremely rewarding. With just a little bit of love and care, wooden countertops can be durable and can retain their natural beauty for many years.
We have cheap, black worktops, they were what was already installed when we moved here. I wish we had full wooden worktops, next kitchen eh? But we do have a movable wooden work top which I lovingly oil every 6 months.
Here are a few simple and effective ways to give dull, worn worktops a new lease of life:
To keep your surfaces at a high standard, it is worthwhile to invest in maintenance and aftercare kits, such as those available from Worktop Express. These sets should include everything you need to ensure that your kitchen surfaces are kept in optimum condition, including sanding pads, oiling cloths and brushes, cleaning products and oil.
It’s important to always clean up liquid spills, paying particular attention to the area around the sink. Water that has been resting on the surface for long periods of time can cause permanent damage, so it’s important to keep your worktops as clean and dry as possible.
Some woods will require more maintenance than others. For example, oak and walnut are relatively hard wearing, whereas beech may require more care. However, ensuring that your surfaces are properly sealed should prevent excessive wear and tear.
Oil is one of the best ways to give your surfaces an enduring toughness. Not only is it easy to apply, it also complements the natural qualities of your particular wood and provides a water-resistant seal. Bear in mind that different woods are more compatible with certain oils, so it’s important that you choose the right finish for your work surface. Danish oil is a popular choice due to its effective hardening properties. Hard wax oil is also ideal for busy kitchens, offering a robust and durable protection that only needs to be applied a couple of times a year.
Several thin coats of oil should be applied to the edges and end grains of the countertops immediately after installation to prevent the wood from bowing. In areas that need more protection, such as around the sink, you may want to apply additional coats. To ensure that your worktops stand the test of time, it’s important to re-varnish every few months.
If your surfaces are generally well maintained but are starting to look dull and dry, a quick wash with warm water and a few fresh coats of oil will bring them back to life. However, if your worktops are severely damaged and in urgent need of renovation, you may want to consider sanding them down. Dents and deep marks can be filled with a suitable wood filler, sanded down and a new coat of oil can be applied.
Hot pans should be placed on pan stands or hot rods to prevent damage. Iron and steel pans that have been left on the surface for a long time can react with wood to cause permanent stains and discolouration, especially with materials that are high in tannins, such as oak and beech. Likewise, chopping boards should be used to avoid scratches and indentations.
Moisture barriers can also be fixed underneath worktops that are installed above heat-radiating appliances to prevent excessive moisture from damaging the wood. You may also want to consider having grooves carved into the surface around the sink to drain the water.
With just a little bit of elbow grease and some careful consideration, you can enhance the natural beauty of your wooden surfaces and enjoy them for years to come.
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