Promain receive many enquires by email and phone every day. Recently we have received a large volume of enquiries from not only home owners but also contractors asking for the most suitable product for application to protect wooden kitchen worktops. Wooden kitchen worktops need to be sealed to prevent them from absorbing water spilt on them as well as being cleaned with bleach and other cleaning products in daily use.
Without sufficient protection and care, solid wooden worktops can quickly go from a thing of natural beauty to an expensive, unattractive disaster. We hear from people that have applied varnish and even yacht varnish onto their worktops. The application of varnish will stop the wood from breathing which can result in the worktops bowing and splitting. Varnish will also require complete removal by either sanding or paint stripper before applying a new coating. Osmo Top Oil requires minimal preparation before application. The product can be easily be applied late at night left and will be dry the following morning. Osmo Top Oil is a hard wearing treatment specially formulated to protect your wooden kitchen surfaces, solid wood desks and furniture tops.
Wooden worktops can be manufactured from a wide range of timber species including oak, walnut, iroko, beech, bamboo, cherry, maple and birch. A little know fact is that the average desk is 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat?! Not a nice thought is it.
Introducing Osmo Top-Oil
Osmo Top-Oil is an inexpensive, microporous oil and wax product. It provides a perfect finish and lasting protection in minimal coats. This natural semi-matt product is food safe, protecting your wooden surface from a multitude of common household substances such as wine, beer, fizzy drinks, fruit juices, cola, water and even saliva. With an attractive lustre, this product is available in clear satin, clear matt, acacia and natural tones.
Preparing Wooden Kitchen Worktops
Ensure your wooden kitchen worktops are clean, dry and free from any contaminants. Remove any previous coatings or lacquers completely. Sand wood surfaces carefully. Begin with coarse sandpaper – final sanding work for furniture P220-240. Before oiling the surface, remove sanding dust with a broom or vacuum. The finished surface is, among other things, influenced by the wood‘s natural characteristics. Therefore, always perform a trial application, especially for unfamiliar surfaces.
For best results apply Osmo Top Oil thinly along the wood grain with a lint-free cloth. Allow to dry for approx. 8-10 hours, ensure good ventilation. Repeat this process as above 2-3 times to offer the best protection. When renovating, one coat applied to the clean and dry surface with a lint-free cloth is usually sufficient.
Osmo Top Oil has a coverage rate of 1 litre approximately covering 24m2 with one coat. A single 500ml tin is normally suitable for an average sized kitchen with three coats.
With wooden kitchen worktops, you will find it is really important to check regularly for leaks or excessive moisture and to mop up spills as soon as practically possible. For everyday cleaning and maintenance, Osmo recommend their Osmo Spray Cleaner.
Would you like further information on Osmo’s full range of wooden waxes, oils and treatments? View our manufacturers page on our website here. Looking for advice? Contact our technical team on 01462 421 333.