Easy Tips on How to Maintain Your Timber Kitchen

Blog | October 24th, 2018

If your home kitchen has beautiful natural timber as a major part of the room’s interior design, you are no doubt enjoying basking in the fresh beauty and pure colouration of the lustrous wood surrounding you while you prepare meals and snacks. If you have timber flooring with an oil-based finish coating, it will scuff and scratch more easily than floors with tougher, more durable types of finishes.

However, your flooring with the boards covered in the oil-foundation coating can be patched with this coating whenever needed. Although both water and solvent-based coatings of polyurethane are longer-lasting, you will not be able to patch these floors with the coating or polyurethane if they are scratched or scarred.

You should count on re-coating the entire kitchen floor very three to seven years, in general. If your kitchen has beautifully grained walls or partial wall paneling and cabinetry, their surfaces should be cleaned and cared for in a similar manner, but will need less re-finishing than your timber flooring does to stay fresh looking. Kitchen benchtops made of elegant timber need special care to maintain their attractive glow and smooth surfaces.

Helpful Tips for Maintaining Your Home Kitchen’s Timber Benchtop

Your timber kitchen benchtop at home will require more specialised care in order to maintain its charming natural grains, hues and glow, such as the following maintenance methods:

• Clean Spills Immediately. – Be sure to wipe your kitchen benchtop dry whenever food juices, beverages or even pure water are spilled on its surface. Regardless of the type of finish your timber benchtop has, moisture can leak through it and may warp the wood. Use only warm, mild soapy water for cleaning the surface. Never apply vinegar or any acid-based cleaners to your benchtop surface since these cleansing agents can penetrate and weaken the glue that binds the boards of your benchtop together.

• Reseal Your Benchtop Annually. – You will need to re-coat your timber benchtop with an oil coating if it has a natural matte finish. If the surface is durable varnish or polyurethane, consult your local benchtop experts on the frequency with which it should be sanded smooth and re-varnished or re-coated with polyurethane. Unless the timber shows wear-and-tear sooner, this resurfacing may only be needed every two years. After refinishing, your wooden benchtop will be easier to maintain, and it will be more resistant to damage from liquids and food stains.

• Choose a Finished Timber Benchtop.
– When first installing or replacing your kitchen benchtop, choose finished timber rather than unfinished. Finished timber is more water resistant. Although many homeowners favor the more natural, rustic appearance of unfinished wood, finished timber for your kitchen benchtop will be much more practical, durable and easy to clean with warm, mild soapy water.

When you consult the expert home builders and renovators at Knebel Kitchens with its head office and showroom located in Ingleburn, NSW, you will receive excellent professional advice concerning the selection, installation and ongoing maintenance of your new or replacement timber kitchen benchtop and maintenance of all your lovely wood decor.

Our top quality team will help you learn the best cleaning, resurfacing and upkeep measures to ensure that your lustrous, natural wood benchtop retains its original beautiful surface grains, colours and textures free of stains, scrapes and scratches, offering long-term use while brightening and enhancing your overall kitchen decor. Contact our Knebel Kitchens experts today by phone, by email or on the company website at Kneble.com.au for further information and to schedule a consultation session.

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