Care and Maintenance Instructions
Comparison of Finishes (Pros and Cons)
Pros- Allows wood to remain in true natural condition. Natural enzymes in the wood are proven to fight against bacteria such as E-Coli. Aging and patina change as wood is exposed to air and light building a lifetime of character. Minor repairs can easily be done by homeowner with no special tools. Top can be “refreshed” immediately by applying mineral oil at any time. Mineral oil is readily available and very inexpensive. Quickest lead time of any of the finishes.
Cons- Customers typically complain about the “mess” of using mineral oil. Not good for newspapers, paperwork, purses, etc, being placed on countertop recently oiled. Requires oiling by homeowner once a week the first month, then once a month thereafter as the homeowner sees fit. Lack of oiling may cause cracking or warping of countertop.
Pros- Finish hardens on top surface. Very durable, and impact resistant. Allows wood color to remain natural. No color change or very little color change for years. Quick lead / delivery times. Easier to match customer’s request for stains. Maintenance free sealer.
Cons- Some customers do not like the fact that the wood is very slow to change in color over time. Offers a satin sheen appearance only. Major scratches and damage, must be repaired in our facility.
Salad Bowl Finish
Pros- Finish hardens on top surface providing smooth furniture like finish that protects against moisture. Color change in wood is minimal. Allows customer to fix or renew the surface by applying additional coats throughout the life of the countertop.
Cons- Slightly more expensive than other sealers. Lead times may be a bit longer, as we can only apply one coat per 24 hour period.