When choosing solid wood worktops instead of other worktop types, you benefit from the ability to maintain and enhance its fantastic natural rich and warm look, whilst other work surfaces age badly through the years. The right style of kitchen worktop will make all the difference in your new kitchen and really help to enhance the overall look. Kitchen worktops have to be hardwearing and durable as they need to be able to withstand hot pans, sharp objects and spills on an everyday basis, so it pays to choose the right style of worktop to suit your requirements. If you have a contemporary kitchen or something more traditional there will be a worktop to perfectly suit your kitchen. 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. You only need to oil them two to four times a year, depending on the use they get. Drainer grooves, cut ends and heavily used areas may need a bit of extra attention and, if you get careless, you may need to do a bit of sanding and re-oiling.
The fact that it's relatively easy to renovate and even repair timber worktops means, though, that you could keep them looking good for many years to come. A good test of whether or not your worktop needs re-oiling, is the “bead test”. Effectively if your wooden worktop is sufficiently oiled, any liquid spills should create “beads” on the surface. If this isn’t happening, then it’s probably time to re-oil. If your worktop becomes extremely tired looking, it may be time to think of sanding it down and re-applying multiple coats of oil as if the worktop was new.
You should also bear in mind that heat and sharp objects are not great friends of wood either, so do make sure you have and make use of a good heat diffusing pot stand and chopping board to avoid unnecessary burning or cutting of the worktop.
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