Maintenance

Timber benchtops are warm to touch and will age beautifully with time. Our tops can be polished upon request, with a Two Pack Polyurthane finish, that protects the surface, usually giving a higher gloss finish and  is more durable and requires less maintenance than an oiled timber benchtop.

A Two Pack finish forms an impenetrable protective film on the surface of the wood. This film provides a high level of protection.

Never let wear go through the protective coating of the top. It is important to recoat the timber, before the surface is exposed. A light sand and recoat will make the top look like new. If the coating is worn through to the timber, then the top should be re-sanded back to raw wood and coated as if it was a new top. To help maintain it’s good looks, suppliers recommend that your timber benchtops be recoated every two to three years to protect the surface. However, this is not necessary, just recommended.

Everyday cleaning of tops, just use a damp cloth with a little detergent!

To maintain tops, doors and all timber products, you can use a good furniture polish.
A great timber product that can be used several times throughout the year, when you feel your timber tops need a little TLC. These products can be purchased from Bunnings or any good hardware store.

All timber doors and benchtops have three needs:

  1. To be protected from damage.
  2. To be kept clean.
  3. To have its appearance maintained.

Cleaning Tips

Here are the recommended steps for cleaning and protecting timber:

1. Dispense the polish onto a clean, white, lint-free cloth, preferable of natural fibre such as cotton. Use sparingly- a little goes a long way.

2. Wipe the polish onto the doors, or bench tops following the direction of the grain. Wipe off excess polish with the other side of the cloth, or a second cloth, if needed.

3. Avoid excessive rubbing. Excessive rubbing can actually be detrimental to matte finishes, as it causes uneven shine.
Regular polishing with a good oil-based polish will help to maintain the appearance and protective properties of the finish.
How often will depend on how it is used. Recommend every 6-8 months.

Instructions

• Don’t use bleach or abrasive cleaners, as they will damage the polish.
• For minor spills, wipe over with a damp cloth and use a small amount of water. You can occasionally use a small amount of detergent with the water if need be. Work on a small area at a time, and dry the wood as you go. Spills and heavy soiling will require a cleaner.

• Do clean up spills immediately; especially stain causing spills such as beetroot, berry juices, bleach, oven cleaners, dishwasher detergents and artificial dyes, etc. Prompt action is necessary for spills.

• Avoid silicon-based furniture polishes. Silicon can also seep through the finish into the wood and interfere with future refinishing.

• Mirotone “Spray Glo” is a lightly perfumed, silicon free furniture polish which was formulated to clean and protect both the lacquered and unlacquered timber. Spray Glo is fully recoatable – surfaces do not have to be stripped back prior to recoating. It is suitable for cleaning and protecting any low gloss surface. Identify the finish and only use products suitable for that finish. Choose a cleaner that will not damage the wood finish, or leave a residue. Always follow instructions that are given by the timber manufacturer.