Aftercare instructions for our wooden surfaces
Oiled wooden tops – ongoing oiling nourishes the timber and enhances its appearance as well as protecting the wood surfaces from wear and tear. New tops should be treated with oil every month for the first few months, and at least once every three months after that. Heavily used surfaces will need re-oiling more frequently. This simple procedure will maintain the colour and lustre of your timber surface and keep it looking beautiful. Just remember to always apply thin layers using a lint-free cloth and remove any excess oil after 10-15 mins.
Your newly oiled timber will have a sheen. Splashes of water will form clear droplets and stand out from the surface. After some use the finish will become worn and water will not form into droplets so easily, but move over the surface. This is the time to re-oil your surface, or if possible even before this condition is fully developed. Obviously some parts of your surface will wear faster than others.
Lacquered or varnished wooden tops – wooden tops finished with lacquer or clear varnish do not require re-application of the finish
Wooden tops may be more prone to scratching than some other surfaces. The use of chopping boards and/or pastry boards is recommended in order to protect the surface finish.
Household appliances which give off heat (coffee makers, toasters, cookers etc.) should never be placed directly onto the worktop surface as the wood may dry out and cracks may appear.
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 scratch marks. Direct contact from iron, steel or copper vessels can also stain the timber surfaces and should therefore be avoided.
Please remember: Drainage grooves are a feature only; they are not suitable for drying the dishes.
For daily cleaning, use a mild soap and warm (not hot) water on a moistened cloth (do not use concentrated soap/washing up liquid). Never use products which contain ammonia, abrasives, or scouring powder. Never let water or cleaning agents puddle for any period of time on the worktop.
Small cracks might occur but they are not damaging to the worktop. Simply treat them with extra oil (treated with oil surfaces only)
All timber surfaces will react to light, and may change their tone over time. To avoid different shades developing on your worktop move any objects you keep on it around from time to time, until the surface is weathered.
Restoring original beauty of wood
Hardwood has many unique qualities and with a little care and attention the passage of time can enhance its beauty. In the unfortunate event of your worktop sustaining damage (or when the lacquer or varnish wears off) it can be sanded down and refinished, restoring its original beauty.
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