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Oil Your Worktop...

Oil Your Worktop...

Posted in Home & Garden by Source on August 5th 2012

Oil Your Worktop...

Made from a completely natural product, wooden worktops are a great way to give your kitchen a stylish and natural look.  You can install wooden worktops to create a traditional or a modern look depending on the overall theme you have chosen and, with the right care your wooden worktops will last a lifetime. In order to keep your wooden worktop in great condition, you should oil the wood before installation to help avoid bowing or warping.  Oiling is a great way to create a water resistant finish on your worktop and will make the wood more hard wearing and long-lasting.  Oiling, unlike varnishing or lacquering, adds an unsurpassed depth and character to the wood.  A simple and easy process, it will protect your wood when it’s new and rejuvenate your wood if it reaches the point where it’s looking a bit tired.

Before installing your wooden worktop, you should oil every surface.  It’s really important that the undersides and edges of your worktop aren’t be ignored because oiling them is what will prevent your wooden worktop from bowing or warping.  On the parts of the worktop which will not be seen, two generous coats of oil are all that’s required.  On the visible surface, you should aim to apply between three and five light coats of oil to build up water resistance. The best way to apply oil to your worktop is to pour it directly on to the wood in the direction of the grain and work it outwards with a clean, dry, soft cotton cloth.  What you’re aiming for is a thin, even covering across the whole area of the worktop.

After you have applied the coat of oil, leave for about 10 minutes and then with the same cloth without applying more oil, go over the entire surface to ensure an even coating, the cloth should feel like it is gliding effortlessly across the worktop, if it isn't then the cloth is too dry and will need some oil applied to it, the oil will sink into some parts of the worktop faster than others which will make some area's look "wet", after going over the worktop a second time the "finish" should look the same across the full length of the worktop and the surface should feel slightly oily, not swimming in oil.

The first coat of oil will dry very quickly in a few hours or less, the second and successive coats will take longer to dry and may need leaving for 8 hours or more.In use with a good coating of oil any spilt liquids or water should "bead" and form into globules, it is a sign that the worktop needs another coat of oil when this beading effect starts to disappear and water starts to lie flat on the work surface. A further coat of oil should be applied to the worktop between once every three to six months, depending on usage. Regular treatment of oil like this will keep the worktop looking like new for many years. If this isn’t happening, then it’s probably time to re-oil. Types of oil Worktop oil isn't rocket science. Applying a finish to wood with oil is simple and effective and should be encouraged if not least of all simply because it gives wood a warm, natural and lived in look far removed from the plastic look that spray on modern lacquers give. • Tung oil, Tung is a tree found in China and Africa and some South American countries. • Linseed oil is extracted from the seeds of the flax plant by steaming and crushing them. Raw linseed oil is boiled to remove impurities and helps to make the oil dry faster. • Danish oil is simply a mix of of various oils such as Tung and Linseed Oil with some additives to aid drying. • Teak oil is fundamentally a mixture of various oils extracted from vegetables. It has nothing to do with the wood Teak. If you need any help with your wood quieries, please call us on 08456021 781


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