Here at Homematas, we know that both the practicalities and the style, are equally important when it comes to fitting out your new kitchen. From the cabinets, to the finish, making sure you make the right choice is essential. After all, your new kitchen needs to withstand a lot of daily use, while also looking incredible. As a result, the material you choose for the kitchen worktop is an incredibly important decision. Consequently, we have produced this kitchen worktops series. This is the first installment: the buyers guide to hardwood worktops.
What is a hardwood worktop?
A hardwood worktop is made from solid wood. Oak, walnut and Iroko are all popular choices for hardwood worktops, chosen for the strength and durability, especially when compared to soft woods, like pine. The hardwood worktop offers warmth and character, and is suitable for both contemporary and traditional kitchens. However, you should always choose a sustainable hardwood, preferably from an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accredited source.
Hardwood worktops are well suited to islands and breakfast bars, and iroko can even be used around the sink, as it is water resistant. If they are properly sealed and maintained these worktops will last for a long time.
However, they are not naturally heat resistant, and placing a hot pan directly onto the wooden surface will scorch. In addition, they can be damaged by chopping directly onto the surface.
Hardwoods will need to be initially treated using oil to seal the wood. You will need to apply a coat of this oil once a day for the first week, and then once a week for the next month, and then once a month for a year!
As you can see there is quite a bit of maintenance involved when looking after a wooden worktop. You will need to make sure any spills are mopped up immediately, to prevent staining, as well as prevent direct contact with heat.
You should avoid cleaning a hardwood worktop with any abrasive, chemical filled products, or wire scourers. Use only warm water, washing up liquid and a soft cloth.
Why not take a look at the worktops we can offer, here at Homematas?