By Th3DirtYl1e. Wood Countertops. At Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 15:13:54 PM.
A properly oiled wood surface should resist water, but being vigilant about spills will help prevent most serious water damage. Regular maintenance for butcher block countertops includes oiling, waxing, and occasional refinishing. While this may sound daunting, consider the fact that most other countertop materials require some amount of regular maintenance as well and, more significantly, when they sustain damage, repairs are difficult and costly. Repairing butcher block countertop damage, on the other hand, whether from stains or burns, is a relatively simple DIY task of re-sanding.
Benefits of Teak Wood. Why choose teak wood over the others? If the unique, golden-brown, straight-grained appearance isn't enough to persuade you, its durability should be. Teak naturally produces a resin that will protect the wood from any water damage or rotting. Your teak countertops will be safe from the nasty water stains that eat away at most other woods and will require very little maintenance on your part.
IKEA's description: The herringbone pattern has a beautifully pleasing geometry to the eye. In BARKABODA countertop the pattern in dark brown wood adds true elegance to the kitchen. The countertop is made durable with a layer of solid wood that covers a particleboard core. This technique not only gives a genuine expression of solid wood, but is a good environmental choice as it's resource-efficient. Living up to water, moisture, heat and scratches, BARKABODA countertop becomes the perfect piece to personalize the kitchen.
Wood countertops are beautiful, relatively affordable, and more sustainable than other options. The biggest catch is they require regular care. Follow these simple steps to keeping your wood counters looking their best for years to come. Tips to Longer Lasting Counters: Wash wood countertops immediately after using especially when it comes to moisture containing stains, scraps and spills. Oil wood countertops once a month with a high quality mineral oil. Only mineral oil is food safe and won't turn rancid like cooking oils. Avoid contact with vinegar, which is acidic enough to dissolve the glue holding the wood together.
If you are remodeling, here's one way to circumvent the issue. Don't use butcher block countertops in the sink zone. If you love the look (and price), mix countertop materials and put something more durable, like quartz, in the sink area and adjacent counters. Use butcher block only the island. If you do use butcher block throughout, consider using extra moisture protection in the problem area surrounding the sink. Mixing wax with your regular oil application around the sink area is one option, as is sealing the area with a stronger water-resistant product.
Maple, oak, and cherry are the most common types of wood are commonly used when talking about kitchen countertops. Teak and birch are also used but are a little bit softer than the other three so they are more for decorative purposes then functional use. All different types of wood expand and contract differently so they all require a different type of seasoning and drying to make sure that you don't have problems down the road with splitting and cracking.