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Jonny Quest

@celestina89: Thanks celestina89, that’s good to know. I very rarely leave hot pots on counter for long so it’s likely why I’ve not had damage. Also learned the hard way that the skins from red onions can stain.

I did do a light sand this year after the install of my beadboard backsplash. After a really good cleaning they were oiled & I used a conditioner on all of my wood counters & cutting boards. It made all of the difference in the world in terms of appearance and protection from day to day use. I wish I’d been doing this all along but I’m lucky my ignorance didn’t result in damage.

I’m still trying o decide how often I should oil/condition the main countertop & the island. I think I may finally settle on 4x a year since these are the two areas that get wiped down the most.

I’m OK with them getting some wear & tear but once I sanded/oiled/conditioned, I decided to only use cutting boards or the top of my island on wheels for food prep.

Thanks again.

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Jonny Quest

@celestina89: I agree there are so many choices for wood countertops and they are all beautiful.

I’ve not been brave enough to use wood around sink but I have a lot of counter square footage so I think it may be too much as well as a bad idea since my husband is a messy dishwasher.

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celestina89

@Jonny Quest: How often you oil and type of oil used depends on the wood. I apply generally two coats of mineral oil on my cutting boards (all are wood). I put on very little for the first coat, spread it around and let it sit for about 30-60 minutes or whenever I think about it.... LOL Then I wipe it. If little to no oil comes off, I put a little more on (2nd coat) and repeat. I usually go do something else, then return to wipe down. The more oil that comes off means the wood has soaked in all the oil it needs.I always use food safe oils - mineral is cheap, food safe and easily found in a zillion places from dollar stores to drug stores to supermarkets and box stores like Target and WallyMart.

After a while, I lengthen the time between coatings. When signs of the wood show it's getting dry, I give it the mineral oil treatment.

Most my cutting boards are pretty old (more than 15 years. I've sanded a couple of them and another one hasn't needed it yet - but then I generally use it to display cheese/crackers or other appetizers for parties. It doesn't get a work out like my others.

There are lots of different methods people use.

I won't use wood around a sink for obvious reasons. The wood will rot in time as water will seek absorption. The best remedy I've seen is use of metal around a sink as a water catch-all, then the rest of the counter is wood. I've also see it work with the old fashion cast iron sinks since they all have 'wings' on both sides of the basin. It's a piece of furniture in itself. :)

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