Maintaining Kitchen Worktops & Other Wooden Surfaces

Maintaining Kitchen Worktops & Other Wooden Surfaces

Whether you’re considering installing some beautiful wooden worktops in your kitchen or you already have them, natural woods like oak, walnut, and timber do require a little extra ‘tender loving care’ from time to time.

These surfaces will add a lovely warmth to your cooking space, and as such, it is vital that they’re kept in good condition. Lets have a look at some steps you can take to ensure proper maintenance and keep your worktops looking amazing.

Oiling and Maintenance

Regular oiling is necessary for your worktop – we recommend utilising a Danish Oil, as this can be continually added to without changing the final finish. We would also suggest applying at least 4-5 initial coats to build up sufficient protection, without forgetting that the end grains will require a greater number of applications.

Only a small amount of oil is required to be spread evenly over the timber and left to soak for 30 minutes. Wipe off the excess and leave it to dry overnight.

Repeat this process – the more layers you apply in the early stages, the better protection your wood will have. It’s important to oil every so often (once a week for the first 6 weeks, and then every 3 months thereafter), but after the first year it should be fine to leave for longer.

Just make sure you get out the oil if the wood is looking dry or worn in places!

Damages and Cleaning

During the first month of its life (once installed), your worktop will be more prone to damages. Please take extra care when using it, and don’t leave any liquids to sit on it for longer than necessary, as it is more likely to stain your worktop and can cause timber to split.

When cleaning your worktops only a small mixture of soap with warm water is needed. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe over the surface, paying close attention to any particularly stained or dirty areas.

Dry using a separate, clean cloth. It is vital to avoid using scouring pads, concentrated soaps, and multi-purpose cleaning products which will contain chemicals likely to damage the worktop. These chemicals are a joiner’s worst nightmare!

Do not allow any hot, wet, or dirty items to come in direct contact with your worktop if you can help it – especially in the early stages before the proper oiling has taken place – as this can cause staining and damage.

We would recommend purchasing a stainless steel worktop hot rod set to create a convenient pan stand to also safeguard your worktop.

If you do happen to scratch or stain your wooden worktop, don’t fret. Small scratches and marks can usually be removed successfully with light sanding and polishing. All you need is some sandpaper, polishing pads, and maintenance oil. Often, even when heavily worn, the wood can be sanded back to its original state and refinished.

So there we have it. If you have any troubles implementing the above or require any further advice, feel free to give us a call.

Similarly, if you’re in need of a professional joiner in Ely Newmarket or Cambridge to give your home that splash of style, whether it be stairs, furniture, floors, windows, doors, or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

We’re happy to help with any renovations you might desire, operating throughout Cambridgeshire – we would love to help out! 


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