Solid wood work surfaces are a beautiful addition to any kitchen, but will need regular maintenance to stay in tip-top condition. Wooden worktop care is an essential part of wooden worktop ownership, but don’t let that put you off. It will take some time in the beginning but the longer you have the surfaces, the less effort will be needed.
We have previously written about oiling your worktops and this is one of the main things you will need to do to keep your solid wood surfaces looking great. Our guide covers everything in more detail, but for a quick refresher:
- Sand with 150 or 120 grit paper for a smooth finish
- Rub worktop to remove dust and grit
- Apply oil (we recommend Rustin’s Danish Oil) to worktop
- Once dry (leave at least 6 – 8 hours for this) repeat the process
- When all coats have been applied, wipe with a lint free cloth to ensure oil coverage is even
This will need to be done before the worktops are installed, then as often as possible after they have been fitted. After the first six weeks, we would suggest around once every three months to retreat with oil.
When thinking about wooden worktop care, it is important to consider the daily use of your surface. Keeping your worktop clean and dry will ensure it remains in a good condition and looks great for years to come; the products you use to clean can have an impact on how your worktop looks. We recommend using a mix of soap and water to wipe your surfaces, as chemical cleaners can have a harsh effect on wooden worktops.
One of the benefits of wooden worktops is that often small damages can be repaired. Light surface scratches can be sanded and re-oiled to match the rest of the countertop, and the same can be done with shallow burns and discolouration. For dents, spray a light misting of water onto the surface and place a wet cloth over the area of damage. Using a hot iron on the damp cloth for 5 second periods will steam the area and should raise the dent to remove it.