Five Stages of Kitchen Worktop Installation: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide
Correct installation of your kitchen worktops is probably the most important step in completing your kitchen. Wood is a natural material but is easy to install correctly by following just a few simple guidelines:
If installation is not immediate, storing your worktops is important. You must make sure they are stored completely flat in a cool, dry area – preferably the area they will be fitted in. If this is not the case, move them a few days prior to installation to allow them to acclimatise to the surrounding conditions. If you’re storing more than one worktop, separate them using battens, leaving room for sufficient ventilation.
2. Cutting your worktop
Often, your worktops will require cutting down to size. If you’re not confident doing this for yourself, we can complete this through our fabrication service. Any dimension or measurements can be cut, along with apertures for hobs, sinks, tap holes and anything else you may need. You need exact and precise measurements to proceed to the next stage.
Necessary for building up sufficient protection for your worktop, this can be done in one of two ways (depending on how they’ve been delivered to you).Pre-oiled worktops will require regular additional coats of Rustins Danish Oil – please see the tips below:
Please note: the pre-oiling service is mandatory if your worktops are being fabricated in any way.
For unfinished DIY worktops, please follow these instructions for oiling. We recommend utilising Rustins Danish Oil for this process which can be purchased from our website. Before you begin, cover the area of use with an old sheet or something similar.
- Use the de-nibbing pads (as supplied in our DIY worktop aftercare kit) and lightly sand over the surface, including the end grain. Wipe over with a lint-free cloth to remove all the dust.
- Pour a small amount of oil onto the worktop and spread using the brushes supplied. Make sure there’s even coverage across the whole piece.
- Leave for 5-10 minutes and then wipe to remove excess oil.
- Allow 6-8 hours drying time (preferably overnight) and repeat this process three times for the surface and six for the end-grain.
For all DIY worktops that have been subject to our pre-oiling/fabrication service, your worktop should be regularly re-oiled with Rustins Danish Oil for the first year after installation and then every three months thereafter. Please consult our oiling worktops information guide for more information.
4. Correct brackets
When fitting your worktops it’s vital that you use the correct brackets supplied in our worktop installation kit. You must only use the slotted brackets against the timber and the circular brackets on the walls or cabinets below. When screwing the bracket into the wood use the slot that runs across the grain pattern (rather than parallel with it). This will allow sufficient room for natural expansion and contraction in the timber.
5. Protection and aftercare
Even after installation, you must ensure you worktop is protected from damage. A number of our fabrication accessories can assist with this including hot rods, drainer grooves and end caps. Your worktop should be regularly oiled to maintain optimum condition. If water does not ‘bead’ on the surface, it will require another layer of oil.
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.