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3 Tips for Caring for Your New Walnut Countertops

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Walnut is a striking choice for your new countertops, coming in a range of grains and shades from glossy black walnut to wide plank walnut in light tan. Walnut is a durable, strong, and long-lasting material that brings warmth and elegance to your kitchen. While relatively easy to care for and maintain, walnut countertops do require some basic preventative maintenance in order to keep them beautiful and like-new for many years. Here are three tips for your new walnut countertops:

Start With a Good Oiling 

The best thing you can do right after your walnut countertops are installed is oil them. This essentially seals your countertops, keeps them glossy-looking, and helps prevent stains and scratches. Your walnut countertop manufacturer may have a specialty oil they recommend, but many homeowners just use simple mineral oil for their walnut counters.

To apply the oil, you simply pour it onto the counters, rub it gently in with a clean cloth, and let it sit. After an hour or so, once the oil has a chance to soak in, you can remove any excess oil with a second clean cloth. Your counters will then need to be re-oiled once a year or so for maintenance.

Avoid Letting Spills Stick Around

While oiling your walnut countertops will help seal them, wood is still porous, and some liquids can penetrate past the oil. As long as you clean up spills quickly, even just using a damp cloth, the spills won't have a chance to sink into the wood and lead to stains. In particular, be careful with anything dark in color or acidic, such as red wine or fruit juice. If your kids are prone to spills, the new counters may need to be a kid-free zone until your children are a bit older.

Don't Cut Directly onto the Counters

Unlike some harder materials, your walnut countertops shouldn't be cut on without using a cutting board. Slamming down heavy pans and plates can also cause scratches or dings, so this should be avoided. Remember that your counters are made from wood, so treat them gently the way you do with wood furniture. Luckily, if you do accidentally stain or scratch your new walnut countertops, refinishing them is as simple as gently buffing with fine-grain sandpaper and then oiling them again. If you're interested in learning more about refinishing wood countertops, visit a site such as http://ambroserandahardwoods.com.

Maintaining your new walnut counters in these ways will keep them looking gorgeous, new, and stain-free for as long as possible.

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3 April 2019