“How easy is it to maintain real wood worktops?” Question of the Week 13.06.15
“How easy is it to maintain real wood worktops?”
This week’s ‘Question of the Week’ comes from Alison in Sutton Coldfield, who is considering our real wood worktops, but wants to know how easy it is to care for this natural material.
“I really like the look of wooden worktops, but wonder if they might be too much work to maintain. Can you outline what is required to keep them looking their best and lasting a long time?”
Thanks for sending in your query. We are glad that you are considering our worktops, and are also pleased that you are curious as to what maintenance is required to keep them looking their best for many years to come.
In busy areas such as kitchens, the worktops need to be resilient and long-lasting. The timbers that we use to create our wood worktops are some of the most hard-wearing natural materials around – second only to granite and marble, which are considerably more expensive, and lack the organic character and warmth that a wood worktop exhibits.
Where maintenance is concerned, our worktops do require regular maintenance to continue to look their best, though the maintenance is relatively straightforward and inexpensive. Follow these tips to keep your worktops looking great:
- Regularly wipe down the surface of the worktops with warm water and a small amount of soap using a damp lint-free cloth. Full instructions for cleaning worktops can be found in our ‘How to Clean Worktops’ Nutshell guide.
- Regularly oil the worktops – every couple of weeks for newly installed worktops, then approximately every three months after that. The frequency of oiling will depend on the kitchen environment and the timber. Some are more naturally oily, meaning that less regular oiling is required, whilst others have large pores and absorb the oil faster, needing more. Further details can be found in our ’Oiling Worktops’ guide.
- If the worktop is scratched or stained, the natural quality of wood means that any necessary repairs are simple: all that is needed to bring most timber back to its original, unblemished appearance is a light sanding and re-oiling. Read more about worktop repair in our ‘Repairing Minor Kitchen Worktop Damage’ information guide.
To help keep your worktop in tip-top condition after installation, we sell a DIY Worktop Aftercare Kit as well as various other worktop accessories; be sure to add these essential extras to the online shopping cart when you come to make your purchase.
I hope this answers your query, but do feel free to get in touch if you need any further assistance.
All the best,
Ben @ Worktop Express
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