Aesthetically appealing and not too high on the money meter, a wooden kitchen bench is a perfect fit for any home. Wood has the quality of complementing many color combinations and styles, so there’s no surprise if that’s your first choice! Depending on your requirements, there are plenty of options available for you to explore. However, taking care of them might not be so easy; wooden benchtops are ‘soft’ materials which leave them vulnerable to scratches, stains, chipping off, etc. That’s no reason to worry, though!
There are some simple things you can do to increase the longevity of the worktop.
First off, when you are getting the new wooden bench installed, ensure that it is sealed with varnish, lacquer, or whatever material is best suited for the wood. Also, over time, it is important to re-coat the benchtop as it wears out. You also have an option to sand the benchtop and then refinish it if there are many scratches, chipping off, or wearing out of the wood.
Secondly, always wipe any spilled water, juice, or other liquids from the benchtop immediately. Although your benchtop may be water-resistant, prolonged exposure to liquids can spoil the wood and reduce its lifespan. Don’t forget to use some warm water, a bit of surface cleaner, and a soft cloth to clean the worktop regularly!
Third, do not cut vegetables, meat, or anything else directly on the worktop. The sharp edge of the knife can cut into the wood and leave marks. Use a chopping board.
Fourth, use heat mats or pan stands as a layer of protection between the hot surface of pots & pans and the worktop. Never expose the wood to the hot and dirty pans as they can stain the wood.
Fifth, wood treatment oil should be used to give wooden benchtops that extra shine and also to prolong its life. It’s a good idea to use this treatment oil regularly, especially if the benchtop is in excessive use.
To know when the bench is in need of oiling, see how spilled water forms on it. If the water spreads on the wood and wets it, then you need to re-oil your worktop asap!
When re-oiling, make sure the top is dry and that you oil it at a time when you can leave it overnight for drying. Pay extra attention to edges, corners, and places with more wear & tear. There are different kinds of treatment oil (e.g, linseed oil, Danish oil, etc.) used, so understand what works for the wood your worktop is made of.
CONCLUSION Wooden benchtops, when taken care of, are durable and long-lasting. Your choice of a wooden kitchen bench can be a little extra work, but I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it is worth it!