Wood is a fantastic material to use for kitchen worktops, not only for its durability but also for its beautiful appearance. Repairing damaged knots in wooden worktops may be necessary, as these are a natural feature of the surfaces – thankfully, it is simple if you have the right equipment. In this information guide we give you some direction on restoring your worktop aesthetic.
What are Knots?
Knots are a natural occurrence in many hardwood timbers and are formed when branches or twigs grow from a tree’s trunk – the part which is used to make worktops. The quality of our worktops means that no more than three sound knots are found per square metre of surface, and each knot is no larger than 15mm. A sound knot is one that is solid across its face, making it as hard as the surrounding wood and unlikely to be damaged.
Repairing Damaged Knots in Worktops
Although sound knots are strong, accidents can occur which could damage them. In the unlikely event that this happens, fixing them is simple. Just follow these six steps:
- Buy a wood filler that is moisture-resistant. There are various shades, so finding one that is suitable for your worktop should not be a problem.
- If necessary, sand the area using fine 240 grit sandpaper.
- Clean the damage and dust away using a small soft bristle brush or lint free cloth.
- Add the filler to the damaged knot, being careful not to get any on the worksurface.
- When dry, sand again to ensure a smooth finish.
- Oil as necessary with Worktop Express Danish oil for worktops and wait for it to dry.
For more information about solid wood worktops, please visit our Ultimate Guide to Wooden Worktops. If you have a specific question about wooden worktops, be it about repair, maintenance, installation or buying, please do not hesitate to contact us or comment below.