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Planning For Your Kitchen Worktop Part 2

Hints and tips to help you transform your kitchen into the hub of your home using our gorgeous wooden worktops.

Treat Your Timber

Being a natural material, wood moves as it acclimatises to its current environment. Although it is perfectly normal for a worktop to move, limiting this movement is key to fitting your worktop properly.

The first step is a comprehensive covering of oil, using either Linseed or finishing oil due to their water-resistant properties. Applying this yourself is a calming and enjoyable experience as you thoroughly work the oil into every part of the surface, ensuring the wood worktops last a lifetime. Not taking your time during this process will result in longevity issues that may lead to unsightly marks such as black marks or even greying of the timber. Our blog has a great oiling guide to help you seal your worktop, but for complete peace-of-mind we recommend our advanced pre-installation oiling service that achieves the best finish we have seen on a worktop. With layer upon layer of warm pure linseed oil, the oil is absorbed quicker and works itself deeper into the worktop which decreases the amount of re-oiling you have to do and provides your worktop with a beautiful sheen.

Getting That Perfect Fit

The worktop is usually the last item to fit when building your kitchen so survey the kitchen to ensure that everything is in place, such as your kitchen cabinets. If you have had any plastering done, it would be worth checking it to see if it is completed and dry.

Once you are happy, focus your attention on seeing if there are a decent number of fixing points for the worktop. You want to have atleast one fixing point on each corner. Fixing your worktop is simple, either screw the worktop down from the underneath of the cabinet or use slotted expansion brackets (found in most DIY stores) to allow the timber to move ever so slightly.

A Little Respect Goes A Long, Long Way

Having finished fitting your worktop, oil the top surface with 6 more coats for a durable layer of protection with a beautiful sheen. The worktop is fine to use at this point but we recommend taking a little care with hot mugs, pans, glasses of wine and water. To limit any damage to your worktop, why not use one of our chopping boards as a worktop protector. Not only are they incredibly sturdy, they are beautiful as well and make an excellent trivet for hot pans! Your wooden worktops will then need another 6 layers per day to 48 hours for a comprehensive covering.

If your worktop begins to lose its lustre, simply apply a coat of oil to top surface to bring back the glimmering sheen. You can test your bespoke worktops protection by dropping a bit of water on the surface. If the droplet sits up in a bubble rather than splaying out, the surface is water-resistant.

A little extra care is needed with wooden worktops, if you wish to keep maintenance to minimum. As a rule of thumb, try not to use your worktop as a cutting surface, we have plenty of chopping boards for that! Placing hot pans directly onto the surface of your worktop is also not a good idea. Our bespoke service includes hot rods, which can be inserted into the worktop to act as a trivet and pop out for cleaning.

Our way of fitting and sealing your worktop is effortless, whilst following the after-care schedule means your wood worktop stays beautiful and in tip-top condition with a protective, water-resistant surface.