How to Maintain Wooden Worktops: Choosing the Ideal Oil

By Martin Hart on Thu 05 March 2020

Providing outstanding natural beauty, wooden worktops are the ideal timeless work surface for the home. They provide both beauty and warmth and, unlike other surfaces, wooden worktops age tremendously well. 

They not only gain character but also gain deeper and richer colours that offer a more personalised look. In addition, wooden worktops are also typically solid surfaces, which allows for easy care and maintenance in case of a scratch or surface damage. To ensure the proper care of wooden worktops, proper oils are essential and needed.

Why Oiling Wooden Surfaces is Needed

Should you have a project in which you have sanded it to have a smooth finish, the wooden worktop will need to be adequately treated for a long lasting effect. Oil is the best finish for wooden worktops, adding the protection they need with ease of application.

New wooden worktops require two coatings of oil, both on the underside and on the edges, to ensure that it has the desired balance. Both the front and top sides of the wooden worktops need three to five light coats. These coats should be applied directly to the surface and the oil spread with a lint free cotton cloth in the direction of the grain.

The surface should be left for approximately ten minutes before utilising the same cloth to even out the coating. You know when you have achieved the desired result when the cloth effortlessly glides across the worktop. The first coat of oil should dry quickly but both the second and the successive ones may take up to eight hours or more.

Re-Oiling the Wooden Worktop

Re-oiling the wooden worktops regularly allows for the surface to look its best and last longer. The surface will have a sheen to it when recently oiled, an effect which diminishes with time through wear. A high-quality oiling will ensure that, when liquids fall on wooden worktops, water lies flat on the surface – should it ‘bead’, it’s a sign that you should apply another coat.

Types of Oil

Tung oil comes from Tung trees, which are found in some South American countries, China, and Africa. A mixture of several oils that are extracted from vegetables, Teak oil isn’t a Teak wood product. Boiled linseed oil comes from flax plant seeds that are steamed and crushed, and the raw oil is then boiled to remove impurities – this process also helps the oil dry faster.

We provide a wider range of oils for wooden worktops:

• Honing Oil

• Boiled Linseed Oil

• Teak Oil with UV Filter

• Ultra Worktop Surface Sealant

• Superior Danish Oil with UV Filter

• Pure Tung Oil

• Finishing Oil

High-quality wooden worktop oil for maintenance is needed to ensure that you can provide the best possible service to your clients. Here at Hart Wholesale, we have a range of oils that you can choose from and be guaranteed of their quality. Get in touch with our team to know more about our products and services.

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