Oil the IKEA worktop - what you have to pay attention to

Solid wood worktops from IKEA are visually appealing and of good quality. But like all solid wood panels you have to protect them accordingly. What options there are, and what to look for, read in this post.

Ways to treat

As with any solid wood worktop, there are various ways to treat the wood in the kitchen worktop

  • Painting (this can have different advantages and disadvantages)
  • Oils (recommended by IKEA)
  • Grow (usually not sufficient as protection)

Wood oils and properties

Wood oil is not the same as wood oil. Each wood oil has slightly different properties and also a different hardness after curing. Since wood oil always penetrates below the surface and settles in the liquid state around the wood fibers, a depth protection is guaranteed.

How good this protection is, and how water-repellent the wood is, but it depends on how hard the oil hardens. Hard oils provide particularly good protection.

Wood oils from IKEA

IKEA itself already offers two wood oils: Skydd and Behandla. In general, you can use both wood oils, but when using you should pay a lot.

However, in the case of Behandlungsla, you have to consider the high water content compared to many other wood oils, which are much more expensive. This causes the wood to swell when applied and the oil penetrates less deeply than conventional oils. The wood surface remains rougher than non-water based oils. The "oily" ingredients are very natural and high quality (tung oil and linseed oil).

Skydd is a mineral oil. It is not hardening and therefore does not provide stable protection for the surface. In addition, it washes out of the surface very quickly.

Other oils

So-called worktop oils from the hardware store offer - depending on the manufacturer - a very high quality protection for countertops. Even better is the protection in so-called hard oils. They actually create a stable and very resilient wooden surface.

Tips & Tricks

The effect of the oil is better, the more carefully the surface is ground beforehand. A particularly smooth surface is obtained by "wetting" the wood before sanding and then allowing it to dry. This also improves the effect of hard oils and worktop oils once again.

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