By Th3DirtYl1e. Wood Countertops. At Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 15:16:37 PM.
Choosing the Wood for Your Countertop. For any style you choose, you'll likely have your choice of wood you'd like to use. It's important to choose a hardwood rather than a softwood, especially if you intend on cutting food directly on the counter's surface. A softwood will easily get damaged if this is the purpose. Woods like maple, oak, teak and chestnut make beautiful choices for a wood countertop. If you're looking at creating an eco-friendly home, bamboo is a great and durable choice as well.
The different types of woods have different grain pattern that gives each one its own unique characteristics and look. Some wood are also better to stain and lacquer then others and will produce different results depending on what stain you put on which wood. You can also paint wood countertops if you want to get a truly unique look and feel or if you are trying to blend the kitchen in with another room in your home. Wood countertops do require some more maintenance then other materials because they have to be resealed often to avoid warping and cracking and you have to watch a little closer to make sure the bacteria does not build up over time. A single block of wood or many smaller pieces can be used in forming your countertops, the separate blocks of wood allow for a more decorative effect.
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.
Some care needs to go in maintaining a wood countertop to preserve the luster. Wood oxidizes over time and some wood countertop will change their color a bit. Wood countertops also absorb or lose moisture depending on which environment they are in. Apply a good finish to ensure that your wood countertop remains in good working condition. The right kind of finish depends on your personal preference and the type of usage your countertop will see.
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.
How to Revive Your Butcher Block Countertops: To revive your tired wood surfaces, first clean and remove any stains using salt and some lemon. Sand if necessary, then apply a combination of food-safe mineral oil and conditioner. The beeswax in the conditioner helps repair knife marks and other damage, and protects the wood in the future.