Timber benchtops hold a rare quality but its important to remember that like anything of quality, extra care is required.
It shouldn't be a second career, taking care of your benchtops, but a little of knowledgable care will keep your bench tops in top shape for a long time.
Keep Them Sealed
Regular resealing of your bench tops is highly recommended. Coating can wear down as time goes on which can be unhygienic and not a particularly good look.. We recommend resealing your bench tops every 2 years or so. This will ensure they remain resistant to timber's greatest villain (moisture) and it will also make for hardier stain resistance and easier cleaning.
Minimise Heat Effects
Sealants can only do so much. Steam and heat must be avoided as much as possible.
Unattractive heat marks can burn onto timber and melt away coating which leaves it vulnerable to further damage and moisture.
Be mindful of steam coming from kitchen ovens and dishwashers and any other sources nearby.
Avoid Stains From Spills
Bathrooms and kitchen bench tops are susceptible to staining from a variety of domestic products. Wipe up any mess immediately to reduce the damage of the actual coating or sealant.
How To Repair Damage
Life is messy. If you have noticed damage on your bench tops, there are ways to rescue the quality and extend longevity. Not all damage needs repair. In fact, a 'lived in' look can add to the authentic appeal of timber, so don't stress. But
For oiled bench tops, sand back and re-oil. This is a simple process that you can do yourself in your own home.
For polyurethane coated bench tops, you will need to seek professional assistance. Please don't try and do it yourself and seek advice from someone who knows what they're doing. The time will be worth it, giving you years of extended quality.
Brendan Donchi, timber supplier and joiner has been working with recycled timber for 24 years. He comes from a long line of timber workers who have been involved with the industry for nearly a century.
At Nullarbor Sustainable Timber we believe that businesses are responsible for achieving good environmental practice and operating in a sustainable manner. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy and operating methods. It is our priority to encourage our customers, suppliers and all business associates to do the same. Not only is this sound commercially, but it delivers a duty of care towards future generations.