After spending time to ensure we are offering the highest quality finish through our oiling process, we have recently changed the oil we use on worktops that have been subject to our pre-oiling service. This change means that we can now happily recommend Rustins Danish Oil for all worktop aftercare, as it does not conflict with the oil used during our own pre-oiling process.
Before looking at the two maintenance kit, here’s the 5 steps to oiling your worktops:
- Pour a small amount of oil onto the worktop. You do not need much – a small amount will go a long way!
- For the best finish, use one of our foam oil brushes and spread the product evenly over the whole worktop.
- Leave to dry for at least 6-8 hours and repeat the process three times (to each face). Once this is complete, your worktop is ready for installation.
- Please note: the end-grains require at least six coats of oil.
- You should retreat your worktop every 6-8 weeks for the first year and then every three months thereafter.
Two Kits: Maintenance and Aftercare
For wood kitchen worktops maintenance, we offer two kits. Both are important though they are intended for use at different times.
Rustins Worktop Maintenance Kit
To oil your worktops immediately after installation and to ensure that your pre-oiled worktops stay in top condition, this worktop maintenance kit is a must. It includes a 1 litre can of Rustins Danish oil, 125ml of surface cleaner, 2 x denibbing pads, 3 x foam brushes, 2 x lint-free cloths and a pair of nitrile protective gloves.
Before doing any maintenance, be sure to wear the included protective gloves. Next use the denibbing pads to rub the surface back to a smooth, matt finish. The included cloths should then be used to wipe away any excess dust. Once this step has been completed, use a small quantity of the Rustins Surface Cleaner to prepare the worktop for re-oiling. After application with one of the lint-free cloths you will need to wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth to remove the accumulated dirt. Now your worktop is ready to re-oil using the included foam brushes and Rustins Danish Oil.
DIY Worktop Aftercare Kit
This is a brilliant investment for your worktops; each kit contains 5 denibbing pads and 4 foam oil brushes, making them suitable for use more than once. You will also need to purchase a quantity of Rustins Danish Oil to accompany the kit – we recommend buying 1L of oil for each three metre worktop.
Before you oil your worktops use one of the denibbing pads to lightly sand over the worktop. Wipe away any excess dust with a lint-free cloth. Your worktop is now ready for an even application of oil using the foam brushes.The aftercare kit should be used at least once every 3 months to ensure your worktops remain in tip-top condition.
As detailed above, aftercare kits are important for the maintenance and protection of your timber worktops. After the initial treatments, continue to apply Rustins Danish Oil as directed, to ensure that your worktops have a long and trouble-free existence.
If you have any further questions about either of our maintenance kits or about any of our products please do not hesitate to give one of our friendly sales team a call – they are very knowledgeable about anything and everything to do with worktops!
Please note: this guide was updated on 27th October 2014 to reflect recent changes to the products utilised in our pre-oiling process. For more information on the changes, please visit our Improvements to our Pre-Oiling Service for Wooden Worktops blog post.