“A Natural Approach”
It is imperative that the worktops receive at least two coats of oil on all surfaces and edges prior to their installation. The edges and surfaces that will be hidden after the installation is complete require particular attention at this stage. If this is not done, the worktops may bow and split as a result.
Like all natural products, wood will move in service with changes in the ambient humidity. Tops should be allowed to acclimatise to their new environment for several days before being fitted, especially in Kitchens with AGA’s. Timber worktops should be fixed in such a way that they can accommodate this movement whilst preventing the tops from bowing.
Proper care and treatment in the first few weeks will pay great dividends in the long term. A course of oil treatment is imperative to build up a surface that is impervious to stains, ensuring a long and trouble free life. A maintenance coat 2/3 times a year, or when the surface looks dull is all that is necessary to ensure optimum finish and long term endurance. You will be able to tell when your tops require re-oiling; when water on the surfaces smudges rather than forms defined droplets.
The oil should be applied using a soft paintbrush, with any excess removed after 15 minutes with a soft cloth. It may be necessary to lightly sand the tops; with a 240 grit paper between coats to remove any roughness. Alternatively, you can apply the oil using nylon wool, but never use wire wool as it will cause discolouration. When the tops are oiled they will immediately darken, but will take a few months to mellow down to their final colour.
Any minor marks caused by the installation or during use can be easily removed by lightly rubbing the area with 240 grit sandpaper or fine nylon wool. Any dents caused by dropping objects on the top, can be removed with a damp cloth and an iron.
Water should not be allowed to lie on the surface but wiped off immediately. Hot objects should not be in direct contact with the surface. It is only the oil that protects the surface whilst bringing out the natural beauty of the wood.