Understanding Your Wood Countertop

Dear Customer,


It is important to understand your new wood countertop and the Waterlox finish that it is finished with so that you can make sure your top stays protected over time. The truth is your top is like a piece of furniture and it will antique over time, we call it life's patina. The difference however between typical furniture finishes and the Waterlox is that it is a hand rubbed penetrating finish which soaks into the wood and then hardens while most others are sprayed on finishes which sit mostly on the surface. It is this penetrating property that allows Waterlox to stand up extremely well in water locations such as sinks. Everyone asks us about water damage and those white glass rings that they associate with their furniture. With Waterlox water is not a worry and it is for this reason that we use it exclusively for all our countertops including those with sink locations. We also use Waterlox because it is a food safe hand rubbed finish and is easy to re-apply if needed. Honestly how long the finish lasts is determined by you and how you maintain and treat your top. If you properly care for your top and have not penetrated or worn through the finish it will last 5-8 years without re-coating. Many tops go much longer as beauty is in the eye of the beholder and "Life's Patina" is part of the appeal for people who choose wood tops. However, the general rule of thumb for sink locations is that you should add a coat if you notice the finish is starting to get worn through from aggressive abuse/overuse or has been penetrated by some mishap. In either case It is alright to just touch up any damaged areas of your top but it can be hard to blend and re-coating the entire top is sometimes easier. As far as using other products in conjunction with the Waterlox finish or for cleaning and general care, we refer customers to the Waterlox Kitchen Bathroom and Counter Top Guide. We strongly recommend you read it in its entirety as you will find everything on this link very helpful in understanding the finish on your wood top. Most important and pertinent to new customers is the Cleaning and Care section towards the bottom and everything below that section, please make sure you read and understand this portion. If you decide you need to re-coat your top, we recommend you watch the Waterlox refinishing video at the top of the page on the above hyperlink.

The following links are the Waterlox products we use. Make sure you use one of these. ****DO NOT use the new VOC compliant formula as it does not work as well and will not adhere to the time tested original formulas*****


On a few of our tops where people request a shinier look we use Waterlox original medium sheen Item # TB5284 https://waterlox.com/original


The majority of our tops are finished using Waterlox original satin finish Item #TB6044 https://waterlox.com/original


Enjoy your wood top!


Thank you for your business.