3 Things You Should Know About Wood Countertops

Posted on: 18 July 2017

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Are you tired of the existing counters in your kitchen? Are you thinking about installing a different type of countertop to give your kitchen a fresh, new look? Installing a countertop made of wood can be a beautiful alternative to the tile or Formica countertops that you may currently have in your kitchen. However, they do require a different level of care than you may be used to. It's not necessarily more difficult to have a countertop of wood, but there are still a few things that you may want to be aware of first:

Do not use bleach: Unless specifically instructed otherwise, bleach can cause damage to the finish of wood countertops. To keep your counters sanitary, always use a cutting board when chopping meat or vegetables. If you do need to disinfect your counters, a hydrogen peroxide solution can be a better alternative to bleach. This can still cause damage if allowed to sit on the countertop's surface for an extended amount of time, so make sure to wipe them off thoroughly instead of simply allowing the surface to air dry. 

Always use a trivet: Whether or not your pots and pans are hot, you'll always want to put a potholder or a trivet underneath them instead of placing them directly on your wood countertops. Pots that are hot can burn the surface of the wood, resulting in unsightly damage that is impossible to simply repair. Both hot and cold pots and pans can have relatively minor amounts of grease on the bottom. If placed directly onto the wood surface, this grease may be absorbed and can cause unsightly stains. 

Oil monthly: In order to protect the surface of your wood countertops, it's a good idea to oil your counters monthly. Your kitchen can be an extremely hot place that can cause neglected wood to dry out and to split. Oiling your countertops with mineral oil once a month will protect them and keep them looking beautiful for as long as possible. Other types of oil could go rancid and cause your countertops to start to smell, so be sure to only use food-grade mineral oil when performing this task.

With the proper care and protection, wood countertops should be no more hassle than the counters that you may already be used to using. If you properly care for your wood countertop, it has the potential to last for many years to come. 

Contact a company like Countertops & Laminated Specialties Inc for more information and assistance.