Solid wood worktops are a great investment that will give your kitchen the wow factor.
If you like the idea of natural wood for your kitchen work tops it is worth knowing a bit how to look after them – maintaining their wow factor for many years to come. To help you through the process, we have put together the following guide:
Where should I buy? – A google search will bring up many websites offering hardwood worktops at discounted prices in comparison to the big brand names like B&Q, Magnet or Howdens. However, because of the nature of the material buying online can be a challenging prospect. We recommend getting a feel for the material prior to ordering by seeing real samples. We can talk you through the process in more detail, provide samples and supply hardwood worktops from a selection of our well known suppliers whilst passing on our discounted trade prices.
What type of wood should I choose? – There are many types of wood available to suit every taste and style. Some of the more popular wood choices are Oak, Beech, Walnut, Maple and Cherry to list a few. If you are going for a more traditional kitchen you might choose Oak or Beech, whereas Walnut, Maple and Cherry lend themselves to more contemporary styles. Offering samples up to your existing units and tiles can be a great way of getting a feel for which wood type and shade suits best.
How thick should my worktops be? – A wooden worktop should be at least 30mm thick. The thicker a wooden worktop is, the less likely it will be to distort or warp. We always recommend 38mm thick for optimum performance.
How can I ensure a good fit? – Wood worktops can be fitted by the DIY enthusiast, however, we feel it pays in the long run to have them installed by a professional skilled craftsman. Many of our customers call Precision Worktops in once they have fitted their units. Although this service costs a little bit more, it can be invaluable as it will ensure a perfect fit and will also include the shaping and cutting required for essentials like the hob, sink, taps and draining board grooves.
Do wood worktops need any maintenance? – Yes, maintenance is required and this is done through the application of a specialist worktop oil. However, it is straightforward and your wood worktops will require less maintenance the more they build up their protection. Directly after initial installation, we recommend applying 4-5 coats of oil, leaving 6-8 hours between each coat – this is essential to ensure resistance to water and spills. In the first few weeks of installation we recommend special care is taken until the worktops have built up sufficient oil protection. We can supply you with specialist worktop oil or we can carryout oiling for you. We then recommend oiling is carried out every three months or when the surface becomes dull and droplets arent forming as they once did. Day to day maintenance includes wiping up spills as they happen, avoiding cutting directly on the worktops and avoiding putting hot pans down on them as this could scorch the timber. One of the many benefits of wood surfaces is that they can be sanded down and re-olied and should an accident happen, we offer a repairs service too.
We can supply more detailed after care tips and advice just ask ask us for a printed sheet.