When you buy a kitchen with beautifully chunky wooden worktops, the upkeep is unlikely to be a big priority. You’re redesigning your home and they look great, but they do also take a bit of looking after.

Over time, wooden worktops can fade and become marked, so it’s important to treat them every so often.


How can I tell if my kitchen worktop needs re-oiling?

Most experts will tell you to re-oil worktops every three to four months, but to know for sure, Toolstation recommend dripping water onto the worktop surface. If the water forms a bead, it doesn’t need re-oiling, but if it sits flat on the surface, your worktop needs some TLC.

How to oil a wooden kitchen worktop in three steps

Step 1: Sanding

Use sandpaper (start with a courser grade sandpaper, then go over it with a finer grade, for example, 120 grit followed by 180, or 180 followed by 240 – available from all hardware stores) to smooth over all of your wooden worktops. If the worktops are in bad condition, you may need to use an electric sander or card scraper, but these will require a bit more knowledge and skill, so you might prefer to call in the professionals.

Sanding is a bit tedious and it will take a while, but on the plus side, it will lift off any stains or marks that are starting to set in. Focus on any discolouration around the sink area, as this can be harder to get rid of.

Make sure you clean off all the dust thoroughly once you’ve finished.

Step 2: Oiling

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Once you’ve done your prep, all you need to do is apply your oil. There are lots on the market, but try Rustin’s Worktop Oil – a water-borne blend of natural plant oils, suitable for all types of timber, quick-drying and water-resistant.

Rustins 500ml Quick Dry Worktop Oil by Rustins
  • Rustins 500ml Quick Dry Worktop Oil
  • 500ml

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To start, pour a little oil onto the worktop and, using a lint-free cloth, spread it over the surface until you have a very thin and even layer. You need to repeat this until you’ve covered the worktop, then apply another coat.

After applying, be careful not to leave any of the oil on the surface, as it could show up white and stand proud.

After the first coat, leave the oil to dry for a few hours (potentially more, depending on your brand of oil – always read the instructions) and then re-apply up to eight coats. Adding several thin coats is more effective than one thick layer, which can dry sticky or shiny.

Step 3: The re-test

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Once dried, try dripping water on the surface again, and if the water doesn’t form a bead, repeat the oiling process.

3 of the best worktop savers

Now you’ve got gorgeously pristine worktops again, always use a heat protector or chopping board to keep it looking good.

Joseph pot stand

1. Joseph Joseph Stretch Silicone Pot Stan

Joseph Joseph 70033 Stretch Silicone Pot Stand - Black
  • Expandable silicone pot stand
  • Size can be adjusted to provide enough space for more than one pan or dish
  • Made from high quality silicone nylon composite, heat resistant up to 220°C/428°F

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Round wooden chopping board, £14,99, Homesense

2. Round wooden chopping board, £14,99, Homesense 

Beech Chopping Block, £21.99, Lakeland

3. Beech Chopping Block, £21.99, Lakeland

Best-selling kitchen worktop oil

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

Bestseller No. 1
Ronseal ABWO500 500ml Anti-Bacterial Worktop Oil
  • Slow release silver guard barrier kills E Coli and MRSA
  • Ideal for use in food preparation areas
  • Nourishes and protects wood restoring lost oils
Bestseller No. 2
Osmo Top Oil 3058 Kitchen Worktops- 0.5ltr x 2 tin Deal
  • Osmo Top oil 3058
  • Hardwax Oil by Osmo
  • Satin Matt 3058
Bestseller No. 3
Winstons Danish Oil for Wooden Kitchen Worktops and Furniture (1 Litre)
  • Suitable for use on all types of wood
  • Easy to apply and dries quickly
  • Durable: water and stain resistant
Bestseller No. 4
Furniture Clinic Pure Tung Oil (500 ml) - A Natural, Food Safe Wood Oil for Kitchen Worktops,...
  • A PERFECT FINISH: Pure Tung oil is perfect for creating a natural matt finish on your wood pieces. The 100% natural oil is easy to apply, and includes the added benefits of protecting and lasting for...
  • SAFE TO USE: Furniture Clinic’s Tung oil is natural, non-toxic and food safe. Use confidently on butcher blocks, kitchen countertops and other areas where it may come in contact with food. The oil...
  • MULTIPLE USE CASES: Tung oil is versatile enough to be used on everything from home wood flooring to outdoor wood furniture. It can also be used on kid's toys and wooden toys. The wood oil is a must...
Bestseller No. 5
2 X Osmo Top Oil 3028 Clear Satin-Matt 0.5Ltr For Wooden Kitchen Work tops
  • A professional top oil for wooden worktops and tables
  • Offers a very strong and durable finish
  • Excellent resistance against water, juices, wine, coffee,beer and fizzy drinks

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