Solid wood countertop
About the material
The solid wood countertop is a classic kitchen staple and a frequently used element in all types of kitchen design. Needless to say, wood is an organic substance and it changes over time as you live with the material. A solid wood countertop gradually becomes more appealing, unique and personalized as you cook and live in your kitchen. Irregular features like knots and wood grain are not considered to be flaws—they’re an enduring feature of the natural material.
Good to know
There’s a naturally occurring amount of acid in oak, which can have an antibacterial effect. This makes the solid wood countertop a healthy and hygienic choice for your kitchen. Hot appliances like coffee machines can cause cracks and discoloration. The rods in the wooden countertop are glued together and exposure to high temperatures can make them come apart. Likewise, dark spots can occur if the surface is exposed to other forms of heat or moisture. It’s always a good idea to place hot elements on hot plates and wipe up moisture whenever it comes into contact with the surface.
Care and maintenance
The best way to clean a solid wood countertop is to use a wet cloth. Household detergent should be avoided as this can dry out the wood. Wood cleaner can be used for deep cleaning, and treatment with oil should be used as a proactive measure that increases the resilience of the material. If your countertop sustains damage you can hone the surface and repair the unwanted flaws.
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