Craft Art offers two finishes to meet the end use intent of our wood countertops and chopping blocks: A Crosslinked Tung Oil finish that is virtually maintenance free and a Penetrating Mineral Oil finish for people who use their wood top as a cutting board or chopping block.
CROSSLINKED TUNG OIL FINISH
Our Crosslinked Tung Oil finish resists most household chemicals and is highly moisture resistant. It cleans up easily with a disinfecting 20% white vinegar/water solution or mild soap and water. The look of this finish is that of upscale fine wood furniture with a very slight gloss finish. Over time and depending on wear and usage (typically 2-5 years), this finish can become less resistant to water and chemicals and needs to be re-applied by a professional. This finish is typically chosen when the homeowner uses a separate cutting board and does not use sharp objects without surface protection.
PENETRATING MINERAL OIL FINISH
Our Penetrating Mineral Oil finish is more work for the homeowner, but provides exceptional function and beauty for people who want the integrated benefits of a wood top. We do not sell end-grain construction tops with this finish. Your wood top needs to be protected and maintained with a blend of natural mineral oil and beeswax, which is further absorbed into the cellular fibers of the wood. When using this finish, you must remember to routinely (every 3-4 weeks) re-oil your wood top to maintain its functionality and beauty. The benefit of this finish is that you can use the entire surface as a chopping block; surface imperfections (scratches, etc.) can simply be sanded out by the homeowner with a sheet of sandpaper. After using a tackcloth to remove the remaining wood dust, you simply re-oil your surface to its initial look and beauty.