All our worktops are solid timber. Thick, hard-wearing and beautiful. They’ll still be going strong long after we’re all gone.
We oil them all here by hand using Osmo Poly X hardwax oil, a true premium product. Based on natural oils and waxes it gives a great combination of properties: beautiful looks, good resistance to spills and wear, long life, easily repaired if damaged, and it preserves the natural “woody” feel of the timber.
It’s good to do a bit of occasional maintenance though to keep the wood looking good and working well. Luckily it’s easy. Here’s how.
Firstly, everyday care, then some advice about longer term maintenance. Just simple common sense really. Clean up spills as soon as possible after they happen. Don’t put hot pans and dishes directly on to the wood. Use coasters and place mats. Everyday cleaning should be done with a damp cloth. Add some mild detergent if you need to.
Do NOT use typical household furniture polish (like Mr Sheen et al) and do NOT use bleaches and other strong household cleaning products, or anything with solvents.* They could damage the finish and you won’t need them anyway.
Longer Term Maintenance
Exactly how often you have to do this depends on how you use your dresser worktop. If you’re kneading dough on it, scraping and scrubbing the surface many times a week then you might need to do some maintenance every month or two. However if you’re using it mostly for display or to store things on then you might almost never need to do anything. Most households might need to do something every couple of years.
Aside from just everyday cleaning, the first level of maintenance is to apply Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner. This professional product is available in spray can form and works like most consumer furniture spray polishes. You only need to apply it when you think the surface is looking a bit dull or “dry”. Depending on how heavily you use your dresser work surface that might be every month or every few years.
The next level of maintenance is to re-oil the top using Osmo Poly X hardwax oil, satin finish. The vast majority of users will never need to do this. If however your worktop is very worn or looks very “dry” then it’s a simple job to do. You’ll need:
- 2 lint-free clean cloths.
- Masking tape
- Some Osmo Ploy X hardwax oil, satin.
- A tea bag and some water.
Use some masking tape to mask off the painted areas next to the timber of the worktop.
Thoroughly clean the worktop using a damp cloth and mild detergent then let it dry well. It must be totally dry before you oil it.
Using a clean, lint free cloth wipe on and rub in a thin coat of Poly X. Leave for 5 minutes then wipe off any excess using another clean, lint free cloth. Finish by wipe along the direction of the grain. There shouldn’t be any blobs, runs or pools of oil. In fact the surface should look smooth, even and shiny. Make sure there are no runs down the sides. Then just leave it to dry. Take your water and teabag, make tea and sit down. Done.
Tip for the enthusiastic: if you really want to “Rolls Royce” it then leave it for a few days, then rub it gently with “0000” steel wool. It’s the finest grade you can get. It’ll even out any differences in sheen and will leave the top with a silky feel under the fingers.
Don’t use any of these Osmo products on the painted surfaces.
* – Sorry for the “NOT”s in capitals – we didn’t mean to shout.