Timber worktops can bring a serious dose of warmth and texture to your kitchen. While they are easy to install and repair and are naturally antibacterial, they do require frequent oiling for protection as they are just as easy to scorch, stain and scratch. If you are thinking about maple, walnut, oak or any other type of wood, remember they do need a little extra care in order to keep them in top condition. Here are a few pointers from David Morris of Optiplan Kitchens to get the best out of them.
- In theory scratches (if they are few) can be sanded out and re-oiled, especially when the counter is brand new. However, if there are many marks, sanding it down to fresh wood will make it look patchy. Thus, you are better off using a cabinet scraper to do the whole surface.
- As they are not very heat resistant, think scorched saucepan rings; it is advisable to always have heat resistant pot rests to protect the worktop.
- A longer life for your worktop depends on the initial preparation and oiling you undertake. Depending on use, wooden worktops need to be re-oiled every three to six months. Many light coats are better than a few thick ones as this approach will let the oil dry and soak into the timber, bringing out its rich grain and will help build up a barrier against water and stains.
- When it comes to cleaning your worktops, soapy water is the best way to go. Use lemon juice to remove the more stubborn stains.
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