If you have some wood countertops or will have some installed soon, you will want to make sure that you are learning all you can about how you can properly take care of them. This way, they will be much more likely to remain in great shape for many years to come. Here are some useful tips to help make that happen:
Use the Correct Insulation Between the Counter and Hot Surfaces
You will not want the end of your wood countertops to rest up against your stove without the correct insulation being placed between the two. This is important because of how hot the stove and oven can get. Without the appropriate insulation in place, you could find that your countertops will become severely damaged.
Never Use Bleach Products for the Cleaning of the Counters
It is very important to make sure that you are always keeping your wood counters as clean as possible. This will keep your kitchen looking nice, and it will help prevent illnesses that can arise from eating food prepared in an unclean kitchen. However, you never want to use straight bleach or bleach-based products for your wood countertops. The reason for this is because the bleach can drastically impact the finish of the counters. Then, when the finish is affected, the counter itself is more exposed, and it more likely to become warped from water spills or stained from various foods and drinks. Without the protective finish on the counters, you will also have to worry about not being able to properly clean the area because of the porous nature of the wood.
Always Use a Cutting Board
You never want to slice, chop, or dice food directly on your wood countertops. When a knife comes into direct contact with the counter and slices into the finish, damage is done that may not be able to be reversed. Doing this over and over again over the years can cause you to have to completely replace all of the counters in your kitchen in order to have safe counters that all match each other.
For more information, you can always seek guidance from the counter installers that will come to your home for the installation. If your counters are already installed, you can consult with a contractor, like those at Countertops & Laminated Specialties Inc, about how you can improve their condition or keep them in the shape they are in right now.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.