Protect the wood in your worktop
Protecting the worktop is important, especially if you want to keep it intact. In a kitchen, the solid wood worktop is often in contact with food. It also undergoes frequent cleaning. It is therefore necessary to protect it with a colorless natural oil, in particular to prevent water from seeping into the wood.
Most of the time, commercially purchased wooden worktops are treated for easy maintenance. If you have chosen raw wood, it is important to protect it with a specific resin.
Upon receipt of the work plan, you must sand the worktop with very fine sandpaper to remove any roughness. Avoid using an electric sander which would dig the wood.
Then oil the wood using a brush before placing it. This will create a protective layer.
On a daily basis, make sure that stains and water do not alter the appearance of your solid wood worktop. Twice a year, completely oil the surface of the worktop. For this, use the same oil as that used during the first application.
Finally, as with a cutting board, do not use a knife or any other sharp object on your work surface. This creates marks and scratches that will be difficult to remove.
Clean the wood of your worktop regularly
It is necessary to clean your solid wood worktop regularly using a soft, damp cloth or a microfiber cloth.
Weekly or daily, clean your worktop with black soap diluted in lukewarm water. Black soap has the particularity of cleaning the wood without altering the protective oil. You can also use washing up liquid if you don't have black soap on hand. Finish by wiping with a dry cloth.
To remove light stains, use a sponge dampened with clear water or a slightly soapy solution or fine sandpaper.
Remove tough stains from your worktop
It is very rare to cook without staining. But the solid wood worktop do not forgive it: if it is not cleaned quickly, the wood absorbs the stain and leaves an indelible mark. Find out how to get it over with, before it's too late.
- Grease stains: rub the stain with a brush soaked in white vinegar. It is also possible to sprinkle talcum stains, apply a sheet of paper towel over it and run a hot iron over it. If the stain is encrusted, rub the wood with sandpaper while sanding in the direction of the veins so as not to damage it.
- Tomato stains: immediately blot the stain and clean with a little diluted soap.
- Wine stains: sprinkle baking soda over the stain, then gently scrub the wood with a damp sponge.
- Coffee stains: on painted wood, clean the stain with a cloth dampened in white vinegar. On varnished wood, black soap or ammonia mixed with water are very effective.
- Tea stains: use white vinegar to clean the stain with a sponge, avoiding using the abrasive side. Another natural solution: rub half a lemon on the stain, adding baking soda if it is difficult to leave.
For stubborn stains, there is in DIY stores a cleansing-lightening gel that will easily remove traces.