Oiled wooden tops – treating with oils or hardwax oils nourishes the timber and enhances its appearance as well as protects the wood surfaces from common wear and tear. New tops should be re-oiled* after 3 months and then at least once every 24 months. Heavily used surfaces will need re-oiling more frequently. This simple procedure will maintain the colour and lustre of your timber surface and keep it looking beautiful. Just remember to always apply thin layers using a lint-free cloth and remove any excess oil after 5 mins. Never let the hardwax oil excess to dry as it will leave marks - these will require sanding to remove.
Regularly oiled timber will be water repellent. It means that the splashes of water will form clear droplets and stand out from the surface. After some use the finish will become worn and water will not form into droplets so easily, but move over the surface. This is the time to re-oil your surface, or if possible even before this condition is fully developed. Obviously some parts of your surface will wear faster than others.
Although we use only high quality hard wearing hardwoods like European Oak or Walnut, wooden tops may be more prone to scratching than some other surfaces. Please bare that in mind and always use cutting boards, pastry boards etc. in order to protect the surface finish.
We use OSMO® Microporous natural hardwax-oil wood finish which is extremely tough and hardwearing. It is water repellent and dirt resistant. The finish is resistant against wine, beer, cola, coffee, tea, fruit juices, milk and water. These types of liquid spillages will tightly bead on the surface without leaving any marks, simply clean by wiping with a cloth.
Please note that there is no oil that protects from direct heat. Household appliances like toasters, cookers etc. should never be placed directly on the top surface as the wood may dry out and cracks may appear.
Hot pans, rough-bottomed objects and wet items should not be placed directly onto a wooden work surface – always use granite inserts, hot-rods, trivets, pan stands or heat-resistant mats to protect the worktop from scratch marks. Direct contact from iron, steel or copper vessels can also stain the timber surfaces and should therefore be avoided.
For daily cleaning, use a mild soap and warm (not hot) water on a moistened cloth (do not use concentrated soap/washing up liquid). Never use products which contain ammonia, abrasives, or scouring powder. Never let water or cleaning agents puddle for any period of time on the worktop.
We also recommend using dedicated OSMO® Liquid Wax Cleaner (3029) for maintaining oiled and waxed wooden furniture as well as for removing tough stains. It is completely save and also polishable (easy way by using microfibre cloth to apply extra shine to the surface). Great and easy way to clean and maintain either oak and walnut top surfaces.
Small cracks might occur but they are not damaging to the worktop. These are due to the nature of the solid wood and shouldn't be treated as a defect. Simply treat them with extra oil (treated with oil surfaces only).
All timber surfaces will react to light, and may change their tone over time. To avoid different shades developing on your worktop move any objects you keep on it around from time to time, until the surface is weathered.
*We always use Osmo® top hardwax oils, see product numbers for each finish type below:
- Raw Matt - 3068
- Matt - 3058
- Satin - 3028
- Polished/Gloss - 3011
**We recommend applying the same oil type/finish as the original one, but there are no contraindications for using different finish code (ex. 3058 instead of 3068).