We really like solid wood worktops because they provide such a fantastic look to your home.
In fact, there are many advantages of using solid wood in your kitchen. A common misconception is that a wooden worktop is not the best practical material to use as it can fade and discolour with age. Black mould around the sink is another problem that is reported regularly. The issue isn’t necessarily with the material but rather it is that many people don’t know how to oil solid wood worktops correctly.
This is a simple process that we are going to show you in this blog post so that you can keep your worktops looking like new for years to come.
How Often Should You Oil Your Worktops?
Oiling worktops shouldn’t take you very long to do but it is something that you need to carry out on a regular basis.
We recommend that you oil your solid wood worktops at least 3 to 4 times per year. This ensures that they get the treatment they need to stay in top condition. The oil hardens in the surface fibres of the worktop timber and acts as an effective deterrent against bacteria growth and moisture spoiling the wood. It promotes water resistance and will prevent any warping while enhancing it’s natural appearance.
You can oil your solid wood worktops more often than this however every 3 months should be sufficient to offer protection and help them to maintain their new look.
Don’t Use Olive Oil On Solid Wood
A word of warning before we show you how to oil your worktops.
Avoid using olive oil to treat solid wood because it takes a while to dry properly and it can actually encourage bacteria growth which is the complete opposite of what you want to do. It can also create a certain ‘stickyness’ to the wood which makes it harder to sand down and re-treat later on.
Use worktop oils such as Linseed, Tung and Danish Oil to treat solid wood. They work best to discourage bacteria growth and keep your worktops in top condition.
How To Correctly Oil Solid Wood Worktops
So, how do you actually oil solid wood worktops? It is a straightforward process.
Apply the oil directly onto the wood and work it outwards. Use a clean soft cloth to work the oil over the solid wood. For most oils the drying time is only around 10 to 15 minutes between coats. You should have a thin coat across the whole of the work surface and apply a final finishing coat and when the oil dries your solid wood worktops will have a even gleam to it.
That is all it takes to oil your worktops and it isn’t a lengthy chore. Carry out this process 3 – 4 times per year to ensure that they stay in good condition. By taking a couple of hours out of your day every few months you can prevent moisture build up and bacteria from infiltrating your wooden worktop surfaces which causes structural damage and means that you will need to replace them after a few years.
If you have any other tips to oil solid wood worktops then let us know!