“Are solid wood kitchen cabinets and wood worktops easy to maintain?” Question of the Week 11.07.15
“Are solid wood kitchen cabinets and wood worktops easy to maintain?”
The next ‘Question of the Week’ this July comes from Craig in Portsmouth, who is interested in ordering our solid wood kitchen components, but wants to know how easy solid wood kitchen cabinets, worktops and other wooden kitchen products are to maintain.
“I’m pretty sold on the idea of a solid wood kitchen, but I wanted to know how easy your cabinets and worktops are to maintain after installation? Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.”
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us, we are delighted to hear you are considering ordering our solid wood kitchen components. Let us fill you in with the details required for maintenance, so that you know what work would be required to keep them looking their best.
The nature of solid wood products means that their smooth surfaces can be easily cleaned, are naturally hygienic, and can be touched-up easily via sanding and re-oiling / lacquering if required.
Cleaning Solid Oak Kitchen Cabinets
All of the cabinets in our range are supplied fully sanded, with a hard-wearing lacquer applied to the surface. Because of this, they are relatively maintenance free. Only deep scratches or damage would need attention – and these issues can be rectified fairly easily, in most cases, simply by sanding and re-lacquering.
To keep kitchen cabinets looking their best, we recommend regular wiping with a slightly damp lint-free cloth. Once or twice a year, it is advised to remove everything from your kitchen cabinets and give them a more thorough cleaning using a solution of warm, soapy water and a damp micro-fibre cloth.
You can find full instructions for cleaning our cabinets by reading our handy information guide: ‘How to Clean Solid Oak Kitchen Cabinets.
Cleaning & Maintaining Wood Worktops
To keep wooden worktops looking great, we recommend oiling with Rustins Danish Oil. During the first few weeks following installation we advise regular re-applications of oil; after this point, you need only oil once every few months.
If your worktop happens to be scratched or stained, it can almost always be repaired by giving the surface/edge a light sanding; after this, simply apply fresh layers of oil. The versatile nature of solid wood means that your worktop can be returned to pristine condition with very little work.
It is important with wooden worktops to keep the surface clean and free from any liquid spills or other stains. Ensure that any accidents are cleaned up immediately using a dry lint-free cloth. If the stain has started to dry, consider using a solution of ½ a cup of vinegar mixed with 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of washing-up liquid to help remove the stain without aggressively bleaching the surface. You can also use this same solution for regular cleaning of the worktop – simply decant into a clean, old spray bottle and lightly mist the surface.
Full instructions for maintaining your worktop can be found in our recent information guide.
If regularly maintained, a solid wood kitchen should last for many years, and will continue to look as good as the day you installed it – and the beauty of wood means that it can be easily repaired if required.
If you have any further queries regarding wooden kitchen maintenance, feel free to get in touch.
The Team @ Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets
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