Wooden Worktops for Kitchens

Wooden worktops are having a moment. Though granite and engineered solid surfaces over-shadowed wood for many years, these hard-wearing work surfaces are enjoying a comeback. This is no surprise to us! Warm and classically beautiful, wood creates beautiful interior spaces. This is as true for wooden worktops as it is for wooden floors. While wooden worktops are hard-wearing, they do require proper maintenance. This can include wooden worktop refurbishment (in Essex and beyond). So, if you’re interested in wooden worktops, read on for pros and cons as well as tips on wooden worktops maintenance.

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Wooden worktops add warmth to your kitchen

5 Reasons to Love Wooden Worktops

At one time, wooden worktops were standard. However, from the mid-twentieth century, stainless steel became more common. Then, more recently, granite, marble and engineered solid surfaces took top place. Currently, wooden worktops are enjoying a revival. Of course, we love the look of wood. We’ve been floor sanding in Essex for over a decade! Let’s see if we can convince you too.

1. Timeless style

Firstly, wood has style. Bottom line, trends come and go, but wood simply never goes out of fashion. There are many reasons for this. For instance, it adds warmth to a room. This is important in a kitchen where appliances and splashbacks can make a space feel cold. Likewise, it ages gracefully. The natural qualities of wood don’t diminish with age. Rather, they continue throughout its lifetime.

2. Cost

Wood can be budget-friendly. When compared to granite or marble, wood offers a great alternative. Not only can it be easier on the pocketbook, with proper care it will last just as long, if not longer. You can expect wood to cost a bit more than laminate and less than half of natural stone.

3. Quiet

Wooden worktops reduce sound. This is great for kitchens where plates and pans can clatter when set down. Wood is strong and soft. So, unlike granite or marble, when you place something on the surface the sound doesn’t jar and echo across the surface. Similarly, wood can quiet the whirling and buzzing of appliances like washers and refrigerators. Moreover, you can expect to break fewer dishes on the more forgiving wooden surface.

4. More Sustainable

Wooden worktops are a greener choice. On the one hand, many companies offer worktops made with FSC-certified wood. On the other hand, wooden worktops can be made with reclaimed wood. Moreover, once worn out, wooden worktops may be repurposed more easily than stone or engineered surfaces. However, it can take a very long time for a wooden worktop to wear out. This is partly because wooden worktops can be refurbished many times.

5. Ease of Refurbishment

Wooden worktops require periodic refurbishment. This ensures the wood is sealed against liquids. It also removes any scratches. Happily, wooden worktop refurbishment is pretty painless! While sanding wooden floors can be very disruptive to your home life, worktop refurbishment is less demanding. Less dust and mess is generated, and preparing the room is less of a big deal. However, when considering wooden worktops, it is worth remembering that maintenance and refurbishment are required on a regular basis.

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With maintenance & refurbishment wooden worktops last for many years

How to Clean and Maintain Wooden Worktops

Care for your wooden worktops with proper cleaning and maintenance. By following a few tips, you can prevent damage and keep your worktops looking great for longer. Firstly, prevention is key. Stopping damage before it happens takes a lot of the pain out of maintenance. Secondly, cleaning the worktops regularly and gently keeps them looking their best. Lastly, keep the surface coating in good condition, whether that’s clear coat or oil.

1. Prevention

The best way to keep your worktops looking good is to stop damage before it happens. How? First, use chopping boards for cutting. Working with knives directly on the worktop will leave marks. Next, use coasters and trivets. This prevents wet or hot items from touching the wood, which will cause damage. Lastly, clean up spills as soon as possible. This stops liquids from penetrating the wood and damaging it.

2. Cleaning

Clean wooden worktops gently. Use a damp, soft cloth with a few drops of washing-up liquid. Avoid harsh cleaners or scrubbing pads. Likewise, don’t use too much water with your cloth. Remember damp, not wet.

3. Maintain the Surface Coating

Wooden worktops come in a few types: unfinished; DIY clear coat; and factory clear coat. Unfinished worktops need to be oiled. Oil new worktops weekly for the first 6 weeks, and every 3 months thereafter. Oiling enhances the appearance of the wood. It also protects the wood from liquids and abrasions. DIY clear coated worktops may need refurbishing every 5 years. This process includes sanding away any old sealant and applying fresh layers of sealant. Factory coated worktops often carry a guarantee. However, if the coating fails they may need to be returned to the manufacturer for fixing.

In any case, even with top notch care, you will need to refurbish your worktop on occasion.

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Simply Sanding offers wooden worktop refurbishment in Essex, London and Southeast. Indeed, we can sand and refinish any type of wooden surface, from desktops to worktops to garden furniture. Want your wooden worktops to gleam like new? Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.