When it comes to kitchen design, wooden kitchen worktops will always be a popular option among homeowners looking to put their own stamp on their house. It’s not hard to see why – timber looks amazing no matter the style of the kitchen in question, wood is naturally hygienic thanks to its antibacterial properties and there are so many different varieties out there that there are timber worktops to suit all budgets.
However, it’s not all fun and games when it comes to wooden worktops and you do need to be aware that they can be time-consuming to look after (although it’s certainly worth the effort).
Kitchen worktop installation
First of all, you need to make sure that you have your timber worktops fitted when no other work is ongoing at the property. This will help to prevent your worktops sustaining any damage during the fitting process. If you’ve plastered your kitchen walls, make sure they’re completely dry before installing the worktops.
Once fitted, you’ll need to make sure you oil your worktops daily for at least the first week. These days, you can buy pre-oiled timber which makes this slightly less of a concern, but it would still be advisable to do so to help make the wood more water and stain resistant. Once installed, you should strive to oil your worktops every six months at the least to keep them in good condition.
And speaking of water, make sure that your sink is sealed as well as it possibly can be to prevent the wood from warping. You can be as careful as you like while washing up, but you’re still going to splash water around. It’s unavoidable. So make sure you wipe up any spills as soon as you can and check the timber occasionally to see if there are any black marks anywhere.
It would always be highly advisable to use surface protectors wherever you can or you’ll find that your wooden worktop is soon scratched and marked, which oiling can only sort out to a certain extent.
To find out more about wooden kitchen worktops and to see if they’d suit your particular kitchen, get in touch with us here at Alaris Kitchens today. We have a very experienced team on hand who would be more than happy to answer any and all of your questions.