Are wooden worktops high maintenance?

Offering plenty of character, rustic charm and natural warmth, it’s easy to see why wood has long been a favourite material to use in kitchens. However, many homeowners are put off using solid wood for their kitchen surfaces, believing that it is too impractical for busy family life. If you want to find out how much maintenance wooden worktops really require, this simple guide should help to shed some light on the matter.





To help ensure that your wooden surfaces stay in prime condition and stand the test of time, they will need regular oil treatments to give them a long lasting finish. When the worktop is first installed, you will need to oil it regularly so that it builds up a protective layer. Over time, you can reduce the frequency of these treatments. It’s generally recommended that you oil timber surfaces at least every three months. Oil is extremely easy to apply with a cloth and will add depth, character and durability to your surfaces. As specialist suppliers Worktop Express note, oiling a wooden countertop provides a protective, stain-resistant coating.


If your kitchen surface becomes severely dirty or worn, it may also need a light sanding with some fine sandpaper. However, this only needs to be done if you feel that the worktop is in urgent need of renovation. One of the main benefits of using solid wood is that if your worktops do become damaged and unsightly, any wear and tear can simply be sanded down to look brand new. This means that unlike other materials, natural wood can be given a new lease of life time and time again.


Contrary to popular belief, wooden worktops are extremely easy to clean. All you need to do is wipe the surface down with a cloth soaked in soapy, warm water. Remember to wipe off any excess water and make sure you leave the surfaces dry. Pay special attention to the area around the sink and taps, as this is where pools of water tend to gather. This can discolour the wood if it’s not cleaned up properly. Also, note that it’s best to avoid scouring pads and multi-purpose cleaning chemicals as they can damage the surface.

Preventing marks

Wood can become scratched and marked if it’s not taken care of properly. To ensure you don’t stain the surface, make sure you use hot rods and mats for hot or dirty pans. If you want to keep your countertops pristine, you should also use a chopping board at all times and avoid cutting with knives directly on the countertop. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that many homeowners like the odd scuff and scrape as they think it helps to give their kitchens personality and achieve the ‘lived in’ look that is characteristic of many traditional, farmhouse style kitchens.

It’s true that wooden worktops need ongoing care and attention. However, as long as you follow simple guidance like this, you can benefit from having practical, beautiful surfaces that you and your family can enjoy for many years to come.


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5 comments on “Are Wooden Worktops High Maintenance?”

  1. Thanks
    Can’t decide on which work tops I want
    Love wood but my friends have them and they are stained and scratched
    Think I might have to go for a lower maintenance one

  2. That’s a really handy article. Thank you. I’ve been thinking about getting a new wooden worktop for a while so plenty to consider before doing so.

  3. My daughter has just fitted a new natural wood worktop in her kitchen – not had time to oil it yet so has covered it up as she has a house full of visitors and a baby due in early September. I’ll forward your advice and it may well re-assure her that she hasn’t made a mistake in her choice of natural wood!

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