While other options for the home have their advantages like granite or quartz countertops, many homeowners have continued to prefer wood countertops for a number of reasons, including the warmth and character they bring to a kitchen design. In addition, wood is typically more affordable than natural stone and is more sustainable. However, wood countertops do require more frequent maintenance, but this is nothing to be intimidated by. A few simple steps to care for your countertops will keep them looking their best for years to come.
- Wash your countertops immediately after use. Unlike stone, wood countertops can absorb moisture and oils from any spills or food scraps they come into contact with, which can lead to staining, or the wood taking on odours from the food. The best way to avoid this is to clean your counters as soon as possible after you’re done with food prep.
- Avoid contact with strong acids such as vinegar. Some acids, including vinegar, can be strong enough to dissolve the glue holding your wood countertops together. It’s best to clean any spills up quickly and to limit potential contact as much as possible. There are exceptions to this, such as using lemon juice to remove stains from the wood. Use your best judgment when it comes to food acids and your wood counters.
- Periodically re-oil your counters. About once a month, if possible, re-oil your wood countertops using a high quality mineral oil. (Only mineral oil is food safe, as plant-based oils will turn rancid.) Remove any stains, clean your countertops, and lightly sand your counters until any scratches are smoothed away. Drizzle on the food-grade mineral oil and rub it in with a cotton rag. Allow the oil to soak in for about half an hour, then wipe clean and enjoy your refreshed countertops.
If you want to learn more about how to care for your wood countertops, give us a call at Northern Granite Works. We can help you keep your wood counters looking great for years to come.