The kitchen worktop needs care and attention to keep it looking pristine, as it is used on a daily basis. Each wooden worktop has their own characteristics because the wood is a natural product. So, if you’re new to wooden worktops or just need to know the best way to care for this type of surface, you’re in the right place. These tips many come in handy when keeping your naturally oiled wooden worktop in a great condition and squeaky clean!
If you've recently had a wooden worktop installed, it is recommended during the first 4 weeks to apply a thin layer of oil weekly and thereafter bi-weekly. This will allow the surface to gain good thorough, coverage thus maximising durability. When applying this, use a lint free cloth and work along the grain of the wood. It’s simple and effective!
Wood does require regular care to maintain its durability and appearance. On a daily basis, wooden work surfaces can simply be cleaned with a damp cloth. Mild detergent can be used if necessary. Avoid using strong, harmful chemicals such as bleach and rough cloths like scouring pads as this can damage the surface.
Protection of your wooden worksurface is important as this can prevent any damage or staining. Here are some simple tips which can help you protect your wooden work surface on a daily basis:
- Make sure you use a chopping board when preparing food. This can assure your worktops will look nice and last longer without any cutting marks or lasting colouring.
- Ensure you clear liquids off the surface as soon as possible. This will reduce chance of staining or discolouring.
- You should avoid using any wax or spray furniture polish on your wooden worksurfaces. These products could damage the wood by making it more susceptible to stains.
- Wet items should be removed from the oiled surface as they will leave marks. It's very easy to leave a damp cloth on the side!
- Plants can be a great addition to the décor of your kitchen, but make sure they do not live on your wooden worktop. This is because the water consumed by plants can leak and lead to staining of the wood.
- Get yourself a heat defence mat. This is very handy to have when you need to rest hot pans somewhere other than the hob. For example, this trivet by John Lewis is great for putting hot saucepans and trays on.