“Are timber worktops child safe?” Question of the Week 28.11.15
“Are timber worktops child safe?”
November’s final ‘Question of the Week’ comes from Laura in Oxford, who wants to know whether our timber worktops are child safe.
“I am in the process of designing our new kitchen and am very keen to choose solid wood worktops over composite alternatives, but I wanted to know whether your wood worktops are child safe?”
We are glad that you are considering our wooden worktops as we believe they truly are the best choice for any design of kitchen, whether you are leaning towards a modern theme or something more traditional.
When choosing worktops for a family kitchen, you are quite right to consider hygiene and whether the worktop is truly ‘child safe’. Though some surfaces may be easier to clean, the timber fibres that make up all of the hardwood worktops in our range are naturally antibacterial: as such wooden surfaces are very hygienic.
Iroko worktops are widely regarded as one of the most hygienic natural surfaces available, because they are rich in natural oils that deter bacteria. Many of the other surfaces in our range – including bamboo worktops – are very watertight, which helps inhibit bacteria from finding a home on the work surface.
Whilst some woods such as iroko may be high in natural oils, it is also very important to apply a food-safe treatment such as Rustins Danish Oil to the worktop after it has been cut and sanded, and regularly thereafter. We recommend oiling the worktop regularly for the first six weeks, and then once every three months afterwards.
Wooden worktops can be cleaned easily with a natural, child-safe disinfectant that is also kind to the wood itself. This solution consists of 2 cups of water to half a cup of white vinegar, with the addition of a tablespoon of washing-up liquid. The solution can be decanted into a spray bottle and applied as a light misting all over your worktops. After application, the solution can be wiped with a damp cloth, then dried thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. For further tips and a recommended cleaning routine, read our ‘How to Clean Wooden Worktops’ guide.
As well as being naturally hygienic, worktops can be easily customised to feature curves and soft edges, meaning there is less chance of children injuring themselves on sharp corners.
Take advantage of our bespoke cutting service and your worktops can be ordered with many customisations applied, including smooth ‘pencil’ edge profiles and rounded ‘radius’ corners.
You can view examples of these customisations in our Worktops Fabrication Gallery.
Because of their hygienic properties and easy customisation, we believe wooden worktops are the ideal child-safe kitchen surface.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.
All the best,
Ben @ Worktop Express
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