Kitchen worktop: paint or oil?

Kitchen worktops serve as a usable surface: you spill water, slip with the knife, put pans down and children clamber about on it. Clearly, this piece of wood has to endure a lot – whether painted or oiled. But there are some differences and things worthy of mention:

Painting kitchen worktops

Painting the kitchen worktop has the advantage that it is very durable, since its surface is sealed. In this way no dirt or water can penetrate the wood. So if something goes wrong, you can easily wipe it off. Even strong cleaning agents cannot harm a painted surface. However, this only applies if the surface has not been damaged – and that happens faster than you think. Whether by a knife or a heavy pan, it can cause scratches and break up the paint layer. Then water can penetrate – the paint causes bubbles or marks.

It is therefore best to use correction pens such as Grilith Flexpen to repair small scratches. This allows you to "paint in" the scratch and then seal the spot with a clear coat spray. If the paint bursts and even forms bubbles, you should get professional advice because such damage is not so easy to repair yourself..

Care: If you want to paint your kitchen worktop, it is best to treat it every six months with the ADLER Clean Möbelpflege. The care product forms a protective film against water and dirt and gives your kitchen worktop a fresh appearance again.


Oiling the kitchen worktop

Oiling a kitchen worktop not only makes the wood look natural, but it feels natural too. The wood remains open-cell after treatment with an oil, it can breathe and ensures a healthy indoor climate. The oil  penetrates the wood and protects it from the inside. Dirt and water can also be wiped off an oiled surface, but you have to do it straight away, otherwise water, coffee or red wine will cause stains. Coffee and wine leave their mark very quickly. Although this is a disadvantage of oiled wood worktops, it can be easily remedied: You can repair oiled wood surfaces yourself very easily.

To remedy heavy stains and marks, sand the affected areas with a fine 220-240 sandpaper (max. 280) along the grain and then thoroughly remove the sanding dust. Then you can use a cotton cloth to apply some oil, e.g. apply Legno-Öl  and rub well into the wood. The dirt should not be visible afterwards.

Care: Even without stains, regular refreshing and continuous care is important for oiled worktops, so that the wood remains beautiful and well-preserved for a long time. Best suited for this is the Legno-Pflegeset (preservative system), consisting of cleanser (Legno-Reiniger) and care oil (Legno-Pflegeöl) as well as a soft cleaning cloth, a sanding fleece and care instructions.  
Avoid using aggressive cleaning agents, as these will damage the oiled surface - you should only use such agents when painting your kitchen worktop.


The pros and cons at a glance: : 

Lackierte Holz-ArbeitsplatteOiled wooden worktop

+ Low maintenance effort required

+ Natural appearance and feel

+ Very durable

− Higher maintenance effort / interval

− In case of damage greater repair effort

+ You can easily eliminate and repair dirt, stains and scratches yourself

In comparison: stain formation on a painted (left) and oiled surface (right)



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