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Having an oak worktop in the kitchen can be a great option for those who like to spend time cooking and preparing various dishes. It is a great surface for cutting, preparing dough or for trimming various cuts of meat. Not only is the surface very functional, but it can look great as well. However, using this type of surface requires some special care. When the below tips are followed, the wood surface can remain attractive for many years down the road.
Oiling kitchen worktops made of wood should be done periodically. Twice a year is all that is required for surfaces that have been in use for a while. Newly installed surfaces will need to be oiled three or four times in the first few weeks after installation to condition the wood and protect it. Linseed, tung and teak oils are the best for extending the life of the wood surface.
It is recommended that the underside and edges also be oiled to prevent bowing of the wood. Not as much care is required with surfaces that will not be seen, but they still need some protection. Any excess oil should be wiped off, and the oil should soak into the wood overnight. It may be an inconvenience to not use the surface for a while, but the longevity and the look will be worth the wait.
To get a smooth, glossy finish, some light sanding with fine paper should be done between oil applications. This accomplishes two things, it smoothes any rough spots that already exist. Oil also raises the grain of the wood, so sanding is necessary to remove the slight roughness or uneven feel on oak worktops.
Keeping the surface dry is another part of caring for the kitchen oak worktop. Promptly removing any standing water or other liquids is necessary for several reasons. The moisture from standing water will aid in rotting or destroying the surface over time. Standing liquids can also cause dark, unsightly stains.
For scratches or nicks, sanding of the surface may be required. It is a good idea to take care of such imperfections right away. Any depressions or areas where food particles can get trapped can lead to the formation of harmful bacteria on the oak kitchen worktop, which may get into food. For deeper scratches, it may be necessary to use wood filler or putty on the oak kitchen worktop. Colors should be matched as closely as possible, and then followed by sanding and oiling the entire surface for a more uniform effect.
The surfaces in the bathroom are exposed to extreme temperatures from steam and from appliances, such as hair dryers, curling irons and other hair appliances. Some of the appliances can even cause marks or burns to appear unsightly and may not be easily removed.
There are natural and man-made surfaces available for a bathroom counter top. Man-made surfaces include laminates and formica. They are often chosen for the low cost and the ease of cleaning surfaces with soap and water. However, laminate or formica can easily be burned by appliances and can come away from the base of the counter when exposed to moisture from a steamy shower.
Natural surfaces include marble, ceramic tile, granite and cement. Ceramic tile can hold up to heat, but may be chipped or cracked when heavy items are dropped on it. It does hold up to extreme temperatures and can look very attractive on the top of a vanity. If it does get damaged, it provides the advantage of requiring replacement of the individual tile, which is very inexpensive. Marble can withstand high temperatures, but can become stained over time. It will then need to be sanded or replaced in extreme circumstances. Under some circumstances, marble can also chip or crack.
The best materials to withstand the extreme warmth and heat from appliances are granite or cement. Cement can now have color chips added, to make it more attractive and to blend with a room’s decor. If used for a bathroom counter, it must be mixed and poured properly, with the right amount of time to allow it to set up properly. Otherwise, it can also crack over time.
Granite is a great substance to use on any vanity or bathroom surface. It comes in a variety of color shades to coordinate with walls, floors and fixtures. It stands up to both moisture and heat. It cleans easily and lasts a long time. It may cost more than other materials, but can provide a look of elegance that man-made materials may not offer.
While there are many types of materials used for a bathroom counter top, those that are made of natural stone are best able to withstand the elements of the bathroom. Some cheaper materials are easy to care for, but will not offer the durability of natural stone materials. The extra money spent on better materials is worth the cost when the life of the surface is considered.
There are many materials you can use for kitchen worktops. It all depends on your personal taste and your budget to decide what is best for you. There are four major types of worktop materials: laminate, tile, corian, and granite. Each of these types offers advantages and disadvantages.
Laminate countertops offer you a wide range of colors and designs. If you need a certain color or pattern you have a broader selection in laminates than any other material. There are many styles to choose from as well. There are preformed countertops that have a single piece of laminate that is formed over front edge and backsplash. They also have square designs that incorporate several pieces of laminate. They can have a chamfered edge for safety. You can also choose wood accents on the edges of a laminate countertop. Most laminates have to be spliced, and this is a drawback. The laminate countertop is the most affordable. It is durable and easy to clean.
Corian is an upper scale countertop product. It is a solid surface that is offered in many colors and styles. Corian is made to fit your countertop needs. It generally comes to you in a seamless design with factory cut and finished edges. Corian offers a very durable surface that has improved over the years. It is scratch resistant and does not chip easy. Corian offers a surface that is easy to clean and care for.
Granite countertops offer a high scale rich look. The sealed granite is easy to clean and is stain resistant. It is a high end product that offers few choices in color. Sealed granite will last a lifetime or more with little damage. It is a hard surface that can break but not likely. It is a cold hard surface that may claim a glass or dish from time to time.
A countertop is a need in every house. There are good and bad qualities in all worktop materials, and it all comes down to personal taste. Some kitchen worktops are easier to care for and some offer a lifetime of use.