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A Guide to Danish Oil

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  1. Reading the information about oiling a worktop, it says you have a pre-oiling service, but I cannot find that link on your website. Can you pleas advise or send me a link?


    Brian Grant

  2. Hello Brian,

    You can read more about our pre-oiling service here:

    Kind regards,
    Stephanie @ Worktop Express

  3. Can you use Worktop Express Danish Oil on your pre-oiled Prime Oak Worktops?
    Thank you

  4. Hello Pauline,

    Our own Danish oil blend is suitable for use on our pre-oiled worktops – please let us know if you have any further questions or queries before making your purchase.

    Kind regards,
    Stephanie @ Worktop Express

  5. Hi We moved into a house with an existing treated wood kitchen top which is quite sticky/tacky. Would you recommend we lightly sand down the surface before applying the danish oil ?

  6. Hello Paul,

    Thank you for getting in contact. We recommend before oiling any wooden worktop to sand down the entire surface to ensure the wood fully absorbs the oil and the surface is level. It is important to build up a few layers of oil as this will create a protective layer on your worktop.

    If you would like more information on how to oil a wooden worktop, please follow our specialist guide for assistance:

    If you require any additional support, please do not hesitate to get in contact. We hope you enjoy your wooden worktop!

    Kind regards,
    Ellie @ Worktop Express

  7. Hello –
    I’ve just refinished a counter top for some friends. Fully sanded to remove previous varnish as well as pot marks and water stains. I applied 3 coats of danish oil, timed as suggested. Job completed Wednesday morning. Two days later, I’ve received pictures from them showing all kinds of staining and marking where plates have been put down etc.

    Only thing I can think of is the oil was past its ‘best before’ date, but that seems unlikely.

    I’d really appreciate any advice you can offer as I did the work ‘by the book’ and has clearly failed.

  8. What does “if necessary” mean. How are we supposed to know if a second coat or more is “necessary”?

  9. Hi David,
    If after coating your worktops with oil it appears thin or inconsistent, then more oiling may be required. We recommend applying 1L of oil per 3m of worktop. Some timbers are naturally more absorbent than others.
    Many thanks,
    Adam @ Worktop Express

  10. Hello,
    The worktop requires an initial two-three coats of oil and then another coat every week until an optimum covering has been achieved, this is normally indicated when water on the surface does not pool but forms water globules on the surface. Once this is achieved then oil every three to four months to maintain. Do not place hot, wet or dirty pots and pans straight onto the worktop. The worktop needs extra protection against such items; stainless steel hotrods are the perfect addition for this purpose and can be purchased
    alongside your worktop. In fact, most metal vessels (such as tin/aluminium cans, iron, copper, or steel
    containers) can stain the timber and as such contact between the two should be avoided.
    Many thanks, Adam @ Worktop Express

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