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PHOTOS: Courtesy of HGTV

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Wood counter, which is most likely to be seen in the kitchen needs to be properly cared for to serve you better. Sometimes, it can be seen that it stains easily and appears dry, which takes the shine off it. However, this can be remedied.

Most of the wood counters in modern homes that show good taste have an oil finish which is good, safe for food, and easy to care for. Give a counter a thorough cleaning with solution of bleach (one part bleach to parts of water). Rinse and dry the counter well.

For the finish, you can apply it yourself. Mineral oil is good for this purpose. It is not toxic and will not turn rancid. To make it easier and thinner to apply, heat it gently by placing the bottle in hot water. Use a soft, clean cloth to rub a generous quantity of oil on the surface of the counter. When the oil is soaked up, reapply it. Continue to apply coasts of oil until the wood stops absorbing it. Wipe up any excess and let the area dry overnight or for at least six hours.

Though this finish can keep wood in good condition, to prevent stains on it, wipe up any spill immediately it occurs. Clean the surface with cloth and mild soap as necessary and sanitise with bleach solution. Because cleaning will wear away the oil, reapply the mineral oil once a month.

Do not use the countertop as cutting board. It is much sanitary to use a cutting board, which protects the counter from germs, stains and scratches.


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