Wooden worktops can come in a variety of wood species e.g. Oak, Walnut Iroko and because wood is a natural product the grain of each individual worktop will be slightly different, offering that individual visual effect that is a feature which can be lacking in wooden laminate worktops.
Hot pans, rough-bottomed objects and wet items should not be placed directly onto a wooden work surface - always use granite inserts, hot-rods, trivets, pan stands or heat-resistant mats to protect the worktop from scorch marks. Direct contact from iron, steel or copper vessels can also stain the timber surfaces and should therefore be avoided.
Always use a chopping board for food preparation - cutting directly onto the worktop will damage the surface.
Your new worktop should be treated with Danish Oil every week for the first six weeks, and at least once every three months thereafter. If you think your worktop needs oiling more regularly then feel free to apply as often as you like - you cannot overdo it. This simple procedure will maintain the colour and lustre of your hardwood worktop and keep it looking as good as new. Always apply thin layers using a lint-free cloth and remove any excess oil after 10-15mins. If a worktop is fitted over a Belfast type sink, oil should be applied monthly or whenever beading of water no longer occurs on the worktop surface. Water spills and other liquids should always be mopped up immediately to prevent stains to the surface - especially during the first few weeks of installation. We advise keeping a tea towel handy solely for this purpose.
Repairs & Refurbishment
Surfaces that have been neglected, become a bit tired and lifeless or accidentally damaged by cuts, burns or stains can usually be sanded and re-oiled to fully restore them to their original splendour. Dents to a wooden worktop can easily be steamed out. Sand the damaged area and then apply a small amount of water into the dent. Place a damp tea-towel over the area and run a steam iron over the tea-towel around the affected area. This method will slowly raise the dented area of the wood back to the surface. Afterwards, finely sand the repaired area and apply as much Danish oil as is necessary. Being a natural product, wood can occasionally crack or split. In these instances it is best to fill the affected area with a good wood filler.