Wood Maintenance Strategies That Won't Ruin Your Countertop

Posted on: 6 August 2018

A wood countertop gives your home a natural look and wood can also be a great surface on which to chop vegetables and engage in other kitchen activities. Your new kitchen counters might look absolutely gorgeous, but if you want them to continue to look that way, you will need to properly maintain them. 

Clean Up Spills Immediately

Whenever there is a spill on your wood countertop, you should wash it immediately. Otherwise, you might end up with a stain that is permanent, or that is much more difficult to remove. Scraping stains off of your wood countertop may damage them.

Oil Counters with Mineral Oil

Apply oil wood on your countertops every month. Mineral oil is the only oil that is food-safe. Other types of oils will turn rancid, such as cooking oils. 

Don't Use Vinegar

Be careful when working with vinegar. Make sure to cover the surface because vinegar is acidic enough to damage the glue that holds your wood countertop together. Some recommend using mild vinegar, but this might be too risky, and there are other options available.

Remove Stains

If after your best efforts, your wood countertops still become stained, your best option is to use a lemon to remove the stain. The lemon contains some acid but isn't strong enough to destroy the glue that holds the wood together. You could also use lemon juice, which might be more convenient to keep around. If the lemon doesn't get the job done, apply some salt for more abrasion. If that doesn't work, add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to a cup of warm water. Regardless of what you use to clean the counter, do not allow it to sit for too long.

Sand Cuts and Burns

One of the benefits of wood countertops is that there are ways to repair them when they become damaged. If your counter develops cuts, scratches, and burns, you can sand down the area and repaint and seal it. After sanding the countertop, apply a mineral oil. For additional protection, add beeswax to the mineral oil. 

Clean Daily Messes with a Sponge

For day-to-day maintenance, use a sponge and warm water. Wipe the counter down and allow it to dry. If the water is not enough to clean the counter, try using a non-toxic cleaner. Do not use anything that is too strong. Fortunately, wood maintenance is not as difficult as some other surfaces, and with a little work, your wood counters will look beautiful for years to come.

For more information, contact a company like Countertops & Laminated Specialties Inc.

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