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All About Bamboo & Caramel Bamboo: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide

18 Responses to “All About Bamboo & Caramel Bamboo: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide”

  1. Hi

    Have bought your bamboo worktops in the past. Question:
    is it possible to woodstain the bamboo black prior to oil finishing to seal.


    friday 23.01.2014

  2. Hello Brian,

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    This is not something we have experience of so I would not like to advise on the finish this would achieve. Bamboo has a naturally high oil content which does make it harder to stain than hardwoods such as Oak. Possibly try either an oil-based or polyurethane stain and avoid using highly pigmented product as this may result in a blotchy finish. Unfortunately, as we do not supply stains we have not tried and tested products for this purpose and there is not a particular stain we can recommend.

    I would advise ordering a sample to perform some tests on prior to applying a stain to the worktop.

    Best Regards,
    Leanne @ Worktop Express

  3. How easy is it to cut, shape and finish bamboo compared to wood?
    (I am considering using a bamboo worksurface as part of a fitted office suite)

  4. Hello Helen,

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    Bamboo can be cut and shaped in the same way as timber, using a router. You will however see the small individual blocks of layered Bamboo on the end grain and inside edge of any cut outs. This can be viewed on our gallery by following the link below:

    We recommend Rustins Danish Oil for treatment of Bamboo as with all of our timber worksurfaces. Although Bamboo has a higher oil content than most timbers, making it slightly moire water resistant, we still advise regular maintenance as advised in our installation and aftercare guide. A copy of this will be delivered with your order and can be viewed here:

    When cutting your Bamboo kitchen worktop to size, you may notice the occasional appearance of small gaps within the exposed cross-section of the cut edge. This is not a manufacturing fault but a natural occurrence due to the bamboo’s layered construction. You will find this is easily remedied with a small application of an appropriate filler. After cutting, you may need to lightly sand the edges as Bamboo can fray slightly.

    Best Regards,
    Leanne @ Worktop Express

  5. I was looking to have a bamboo worktop in the kitchen and before it was installed I was going to apply a 2 part polyurethane clear coat to the surface in order to give it protection against water and heat. I wonder if you would recommend this course of action?

  6. Hi Duncan,

    Thank you for sending in your query.

    Although we have been told of other customers doing this in the past, it is not something we offer ourselves, nor have we experimented with it.

    Our recommended treatment is Rustins Danish Oil, which is a food-safe oil that accentuates the colour and grain whilst giving the surface a low-lustre finish.

    As long as the treatment you have chosen is marked as food-safe and suitable for hardwood timbers, it should be fine to coat the worktops in, but will likely result in a much shinier finish, which may look somewhat artificial.

    Details about the different treatments available for wooden worktops can be found in our ‘How to Treat Wood Worktops’ Nutshell guide:

    Kind regards,

    Ben @ Worktop Express.

  7. Can you make bespoke caramel bamboo worktops? I need a piece 1990 x 1000. If it is possible can I have a price and lead time. Thanks.

  8. Hi Jill.

    Thank you for sending in your query about bespoke caramel bamboo worktops.

    We can fabricate worktops up to 1500mm wide and 4M long for most timber types – including caramel bamboo worktops – via our Bespoke Worktops service.

    If you are looking for a worktop measuring 1990mm x 1000mm, you will need to speak to our fabrication team via telephone or email to get an idea of the price and an exact lead time to create this worktop. Currently lead times are between 3-8 working days once a fabrication diagram has been confirmed.

    If you would like us to go ahead with this quote, please get in touch and we will pass the query onto our fabrication team.

    Kind regards,

    Ben @ Worktop Express.

  9. I’ve recently bought the Caramel bamboo worktops – can you please advise me on how good their heat resistance properties are as I can see no reference to this aspect. Many thanks

  10. Hi Peter,

    Caramel bamboo worktops are hard-wearing and naturally resistant to water and bacterial ingress. Like any of the other worktops in our collection, however, we would take care when using hot pots and pans around the surface.

    We suggest using stainless steel hotrods to provide an area where you can safely stand any hot items. They sit in grooves that are routed into the surface, and are removable for cleaning.

    If having bamboo worktops adjacent to an oven, we suggest the addition of endcaps to help protect the end grain of the timber, and stop the worktop from warping as the environment changes in temperature.

    You can find out more about our hotrods, endcaps and other bespoke services on the following page:

    Kind regards,
    Ben @ Worktop Express

  11. Hello,
    we have purchased several bamboo worktops from you and been using them as table top for a sushi bar. However we are experiencing the problem of table tops becoming sticky in every few weeks. Is there any good finish you recommend? according my research Tung oil is durable but it seems take a long time for it to dry. Please let me now if you have helpful information on this.
    Kind regards,

  12. Hi Dan,

    We recommend using Rustins Danish Oil to finish any of our wooden worktops including bamboo. Rustins is a special mixture of Tung oil and other mineral oils that is intended to dry quicker than regular Tung oil, however – like any finish – it will need time to fully settle, ideally overnight.

    Alternatively you could consider a treatment such as lacquer for your bamboo worktops, but this will leave a shiny finish that does not look as natural as the low-lustre finish of a Danish oil.

    Please note that if the worktops have already been treated, you may need to sand them down before applying an alternative finish.

    Kind regards,
    Ben @ Worktop Express

  13. I want to buy some caramelised bamboo kitchen worktops, as they are naturally sealed do I still need to put some sort oil on them?

  14. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for getting in touch regarding our caramel bamboo worktops. Though these surfaces are made from a timber that is naturally resistant to water, we still recommend oiling the surface to give it a protective layer. This helps to repel any standing water and stains, though will still need to be regularly wiped down and occasionally re-oiled to maintain the surface.

    Kind regards,
    Ben @ Worktop Express

  15. I was just wondering how durable bamboo is? How does it hold up to knocks and dents when compared to hardwoods like Maple and Beech?

  16. Hello Ethan,

    Bamboo is exceptionally durable as it is naturally water-repellent, which makes it perfect for use in kitchens. It is higher density and reaches higher on the Janka hardness scale (which is used to test resistance to denting and wear for flooring) than maple, and it scores similarly to beech for both of these so bamboo worktops will be just as resilient to daily wear and tear as these timbers.

    One of the benefits of any timber worktop is that often any light damage sustained can be worked out of the surface fairly easily, and we have a number of guides with step-by-step instructions on doing this if necessary.

    Kind regards,

    Stephanie @ Worktop Express.

  17. Hi,
    Can you use bamboo worktops in the bathroom?
    Dani Hart

  18. Hello Dani,

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    Both our bamboo and caramel bamboo worktops are suitable for installing in bathrooms. As bathrooms generally have high humidity levels, we recommend that you apply lacquer or varnish to ensure they are sufficiently protected from excess moisture.

    Kind regards,
    Stephen @ Worktop Express

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