There are two reasons for you to read this blog. The first is that you have, or intend to get, solid wood worktops and you want to know how to look after them; the second is that you want to know what would be involved, in looking after solid wood, before you decide on what sort of worktops to have.
If you don't fit into either category ... then I'd probably give this one a miss ... it's not going to be the most scintillating read you'll ever come across.
When I was talking about solid surface worktops the other day, I was saying that the thin layer, solid surfaces like Maia and Minerelle, were the only candidates for a good quality, mid-priced worktop. That's not true, though ... I was completely forgetting about solid timber worktops. I think that was probably because solid timber is a bit of a specialist material.
I've mentioned solid surfaces before but I've recently answered a few questions on different forums (fora?) about whether there are any worktops that are cheaper than granite but better quality than laminates ... mid-price worktops, if you like. So, I thought I'd have a closer look.
When I first started to design kitchens, patterned tiles were quite popular. Usually a transfer of the pattern was applied to a blank, off-white, cream or beige tile and the tile was then re-fired. The resultant patterned tiles were scattered amongst the plain ones ... to create added interest. There was usually a four- or six-tile pattern too ... to use behind the hob. The tiles were six inches square and the patterns looked like these: