Care And Cleaning Tips: Wood Countertops

ProSource | 3/18/2016 | Product Information

Cleaning Your Countertop

Wash your top with mild soap and water, and then rinse. Disinfect with a weak solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, if desired. Be sure to dry the top thoroughly.

Do not use ammonia, chlorine bleach or 409 type cleaners on the tung oil/citrus finish. If these products come in contact with the finish, they should be wiped up immediately. If allowed to sit, it can harm the finish. See nicks, scratches, etc. below for information on how to repair this type of problem.

Maintaining Your Countertop

A coat of finish should be applied within two weeks of receiving the top. This will complete the break-in period and after that you will not need to reapply this finish for six months to a year or more, depending on usage. Simply dribbling a few drops of water onto the surface of the top will tell you whether it is time to reapply the finish. If the water beads up, the top is still protected; if the water soaks into the surface, it's time to renew your finish.

To renew your finish, repair any gouges or cuts by sanding lightly, then clean the surface thoroughly and dry it.

After the top has dried completely, apply a generous layer of the tung oil/citrus finish to all exposed surfaces with a sponge or brush.

Let the finish soak into the wood for 10 minutes, then take a disposable sanding pad and sand the wet surface thoroughly (sand with the grain of the wood). Note: You do not need to wet-sand the surface every time, but doing so will provide an even smoother finish.

Take a clean rag (or paper towels) and wipe off every bit of the remaining finish.

Take another clean rag (or paper towels) and using plenty of elbow grease, rub the surface until all of the finish is completely rubbed into the wood.

Let the wood top set overnight before putting items back on the countertop.

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