“Are solid wood worktops easy to repair?”
The last ‘Question of the Week’ this January was sent in to us by Molly in London, who is keen to purchase solid wood worktops, but wanted to know how easy they would be to repair if damaged.
“I love the look of solid wood worktops and really want to choose this type of surface for my new kitchen, but I wanted to know how resilient they are – if my worktops were damaged for any reason, would they be easy to repair?”
Thank you for sending us this query regarding solid wood worktops. Accidents do happen – especially in high-traffic areas like kitchens – and one of the main benefits of hardwood worktops is that they are in fact the easiest type of kitchen surface to repair.
By comparison, granite worktops are very hard-wearing but – if damaged – are almost impossible to repair using only DIY equipment. Laminate worktops are not as hard-wearing as granite or wooden worktops, but can also be very difficult to repair due to the nature of their chipboard and laminate composition.
Though solid wood is durable by nature, wooden worktops can be sanded or re-worked if necessary to remove most damage including scratches, dents or stains. Here are some of our top tips for repairing a timber kitchen worktop:
Over time a hardwood worktop may become scratched, but it can be made to look like new if given a light sanding, followed by a fresh coat of oil.
If your worktop is stained, sand and re-oil as you would do if you wanted to remove a light scratch. Tough stains may require cleaning with a solution of water and lemon juice before re-oiling.
If your worktop has a small crack, it can be repaired using wood filler or wax. Larger splits may require the use of glue and a clamp to close up the split.
Dents in timber can be removed by spraying a light misting of water onto the surface, covering it with a damp cloth then ironing the affected area for approximately 5 seconds at a time. The heat and moisture will help the worktop return to its original shape.
Further information regarding wooden worktop repairs can be found in our ‘Repairing Minor Kitchen Worktop Damage Nutshell Guide’.
If you have any other queries regarding wood worktops, don’t hesitate to contact us again.
All the best,
Ben @ Worktop Express
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