A worktop is an essential part of any kitchen, and it is important to keep it in good condition to ensure it lasts for as long as possible. One way to maintain a worktop is by oiling it regularly. 

Oiling a worktop can help to protect it from moisture, stains and scratches, and keep it looking its best. In this blog post, we will discuss how to oil a worktop step by step.


Step 1: Clean the Worktop

Before you start to oil your worktop, you need to ensure that it is clean and free from any dirt or debris. Use a soft cloth and a mild cleaner to wipe down the worktop and remove any stains or spills. Be sure to dry the worktop thoroughly before moving on to the next step. 

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Step 2: Sand the Worktop

If your worktop is new, you can skip this step. If your worktop has been under constant stress for a while, it may have scratches or marks on it. Sanding the worktop can help to smooth out any imperfections and prepare the surface for oiling. Use fine-grit sandpaper around 240 and sand the worktop in the direction of the grain. Be sure to remove any dust or debris before moving on to the next step.

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Step 3: Apply the Oil

Choose an oil that is suitable for your worktop material. For example, if you have a wooden worktop, you can use linseed oil or tung oil. Apply the oil to the worktop using a soft cloth or a brush. Be sure to apply the oil in the direction of the grain.  Allow the oil to soak into the worktop for a few minutes, then wipe off any excess oil with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until the entire worktop is covered in oil.

Step 4: Allow the Oil to Dry

After applying the oil, you need to allow it to dry completely. This can take several hours or even overnight, depending on the type of oil you have used and the humidity in the room. Be sure to avoid using the worktop until the oil has fully dried.

Step 5: Reapply the Oil

After the first coat of oil has dried, you can apply a second coat if necessary. This will help deepen the colour of the worktop and provide additional protection. Be sure to follow the same process as before, applying the oil in the direction of the grain and wiping off any excess.



To keep your worktop in good condition, it is important to oil it regularly. You can oil your worktop every six months or as needed, depending on how often you use it. Be sure to clean the worktop thoroughly before applying the oil and follow the same process as outlined above.

In conclusion, oiling a worktop is a simple process that can help to protect it from damage and keep it looking its best. By following these six steps, you can ensure that your worktop remains in top condition for years to come.

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