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In order to keep your kitchen countertops in the best possible condition, they need to be well cared for. Luckily, we have a range of products that have been tried and tested for oak worktop protection so that you can minimise the risk of damage from heat, moisture and scratches.

Heat protection

Kitchens and heat go hand in hand, which is why adequate heat protection is a necessity. It is easy to forget that a pan is hot and sometimes you can put it down on a worktop without thinking. Stainless steel hotrods are an elegant and practical solution to avoiding burn marks on your countertop. Essentially, they are a trivet that has been integrated into the surface of the worktop. Here you can see the linear formation however they can also be arranged in a diamond pattern.

Scratch Protection

Although durable, continuous chopping directly on an oak worktop can cause scratches and chips. Solid wood chopping boards offer valuable protection whilst you are preparing your meals – it is also more hygienic too. For something even more robust that is suitable for direct cutting and meat preparation, end grain butcher blocks are fantastic. Their construction and 100mm thickness make them ideal for demanding situations.

Stain Protection

Regular oiling should be an essential part of your kitchen worktop maintenance regime, regardless of the timber. We recommend using Danish oil, which has been specially formulated to protect your worktops and help them last longer. Without regular oiling, the surface is vulnerable to staining which looks unsightly and can lead to additional problems. In this image, you can see the benefits of oiling.

Cupping and Bowing Protection

One of the main reasons for cupping and bowing is through incorrect fitting causing restrictions to the natural contraction and expansion of timber. It is important to use a worktop installation kit and ensure your surface is fitted correctly. Each kit contains:

  • TCT router cutter
  • 3 x worktop connector bolts
  • 10 x slotted brackets
  • Worktop sealant
  • Woodscrews

Moisture Protection

Much like heat, moisture – which is the cause of a lot of damage to worktops – is found throughout a kitchen. Light spills that are cleaned up quickly will not cause an issue, especially if you regularly maintain your worktops with oil. However, moisture from appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers can prove more problematic – which is why it is important that your worktop is protected sufficiently. That is where moisture barriers come in useful – they prevent any excessive water build up directly affecting worktops.

Worktops fitted above washing machines, dishwashers and tumble driers need to be protected with a moisture barrier.

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Have you used any of these oak worktop protection methods in your kitchen? Did they avert an accident? Leave your comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for even more great inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

Kitchen splashbacks are an excellent way to protect your walls from splashes and stains. Our range of patterned splashbacks do exactly that but also offer a way to introduce beautiful aesthetics to your cooking space. In this blog post, we take a look at how to style these decorative and functional kitchen features.

Victorian Mosaic Tile Splashback

Featuring a collection of elaborate charcoal grey patterns, Victorian Mosaic tile splashbacks are suitable for traditional kitchen styles. The monochrome shade is incredibly versatile, allowing it to be used in a range of colour schemes. Here you can see it paired with our walnut worktop, and the combination of dark work surface with pale splashback is highly effective.

Geometric Tile Splashback

Our Geometric tile splashback is unmistakably contemporary. The hexagonal dark grey on white design catches the eye and creates a focal point for your kitchen. Although you could combine it with any solid wood or laminate worktops it is particularly dramatic when matched with slimline solid laminate worktops – in this case Rouille Zenith.

Herringbone Tile Splashback

A stylish choice for contemporary and traditional kitchens alike, this Herringbone splashback has a rustic wood effect tile pattern. Here it complements a solid wood worktop but you could also pair it with wood effect laminate worktops for a similar result.

Alternative Options

One of the nice features of these patterned splashbacks is that they are double-sided and feature the same design but in a paler colour. Have a look at their reverse sides below. Which do you prefer?

The reverse sides of the Victorian Mosaic, Geometric and Herringbone patterned splashbacks.

Aside From Aesthetics, Why Consider These Splashbacks?

As well as being reversible, each one of these splashbacks is easy to fit – saving you time and effort during installation. The decorative laminate top layer covers a robust 9mm thick fibreboard ensuring durability. Unlike tiles, which require mortar and grout, these tile effect splashbacks are much cleaner to install and maintain, simply requiring a wipe with a damp cloth.

Which of these splashbacks would look great in your kitchen? Leave your comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for even more great inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

These splashbacks not for you? Take a look at our other kitchen splashback ranges.