How to Maintain Wooden Worktops for Solid Oak Kitchens
Wooden work surfaces are a particularly beautiful complement to our wonderful solid oak kitchens and – when afforded the care they deserve – make a stunning feature that is both decorative and practical.
If neglected, there is a chance that timber worktops will dry out, lose their healthy lustre and, eventually, split. To keep your solid wood kitchen in best possible condition and sustain its stunning appearance, we would like to emphasise the key points of correct worktop maintenance:
Ensuring worktops are well-oiled is one of the fundamentals in keeping them looking fantastic.
Wooden worktops should be oiled several times prior to installation. We recommend applying three coats to each side of the worktop before installation. Once installed, it is best to apply at least one coat each week for the first six weeks, and then apply another coat roughly every three months thereafter. Building up a sufficient coating of oil creates water resistance, and if your worktop does not have an adequate amount of protection it will begin to look dry and dull.
To test water resistance, place a drop of water on the work surface. The droplet should rest where it is; if it slowly seeps into the worktop then more oiling is required.
We recommend Rustins Danish Oil as our wood oil of choice.
Any spillages of liquid or food should be mopped up quickly with a dry, clean cloth, to prevent water ingress or staining. Liquid should never be left to stand on the work surface.
Wooden worktops can be cleaned using a soft, lint-free cloth that has been dipped in soapy water. We strongly advise against using harsh chemicals or scouring pads when cleaning wooden surfaces.
Though we always recommend preparing food on a chopping board to protect your worktop from scratches, accidents do happen! To treat small scratches, we suggest sanding back the damaged area and then re-oiling to build up protection again. Re-oil the area regularly until the colour matches the rest of your work surface.
If you are interested in purchasing our wooden worktops, please feel free to come and see some on display in one of our many kitchen showrooms. Here you will be able to see what our high quality countertops look like in situ, as well as a selection of worktop samples of all the timber species in our range. There will also be a knowledgeable showroom manger on hand to answer any of your queries. If you would like to visit us but are travelling some distance, we recommend calling in advance to book your consultation.