Solid wood offers you a huge choice of stylish designs: from a solid oak worktop to a beech or walnut worktop.
You can choose whether restrained beech or expressive knotty oak suits you best. Added to this is the possibility of realising both modern and classic furnishing styles with the help of wood. Oak in combination with exposed concrete or glass, for example, is a cutting-edge design trend.
Once you have decided on your favourite material, your worktop should of course exude its natural splendour for many years to come. Below you will find important information about care and cleaning.
Tips for everyday use of your worktop
- Always place hot pots and pans on a suitable mat.
- Use suitable chopping boards when cutting to prevent scratches.
- Remove stagnant liquid quickly to prevent its absorption.
- Splashes and liquids that are likely to stain are best removed immediately.
- Do not place damp sponges or other wet objects on the surface.
- Place heat-radiating kitchen appliances on heat-reflecting surfaces. This protects the wood against drying out and discolouration.
- Metal cans can oxidise in combination with moisture and leave stains. Therefore, always place metal objects on a mat.
- Ensure an even air humidity of between 45 and 55 per cent, this protects the natural structure of the wood
By the way: UV radiation can cause wood to darken. If objects are left standing permanently on the surface, it is therefore possible that lighter spots will appear after they have been removed. To prevent this, regularly move the items to different positions.
Cleaning a wooden kitchen worktop: Proceed as follows:
For daily cleaning, it is sufficient to use an ordinary household cloth or a soft sponge with a little lukewarm water. Soapy water helps to remove more stubborn stains.
Under no circumstances should you use the following when cleaning a wooden worktop:
- Agents containing with fats or waxes
- Cleaners containing chlorine
- Cleaning agents containing strong salts and acids
- as well as abrasive agents
Stains and scratches on a solid wood worktop: What to do?
If stains or scratches appear on the surface, remove them with sandpaper (P240) or abrasive sponges (P180). After treatment, multiple re-oiling in thin layers is necessary. Water stains require immediate re-oiling.
Maintaining your solid wood worktop
When the wood arrives at your home it has already been pre-treated twice. To keep your worktop looking good for a long time, oil it after installation using the supplied care kit. Later, waterproof the surface with HABiol maintenance oil. These first steps will give your wooden worktop greater durability and make everyday maintenance easier.
There is a simple trick to check whether your solid wood worktop needs to be oiled: as soon as the surface of the worktop starts absorbing water droplets, you should re-oil it. If pearly drops form on the surface, this can wait a little longer. You can purchase our maintenance oil from specialist retailers. Note that when handling the maintenance oil, some details are important to ensure safe use. Therefore, please read the enclosed instructions carefully and dispose of used cloths and oily residues as recommended.