Rejuvenating worktop

9 Dec 2007
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United Kingdom
I have bought a house where the wooden worktops have been pretty neglected. It is an Ikea kitchen so suppose it is the typical Ikea solid birch? worktops.

They are generally in good shape (no chips or physical damage) but they have not been oiled for a long time and there is that dark brown/black markings near the sink I suppose from standing water damage. The surface feels ok though.

There is a bit of residue feel from previous oilings but not a lot, it just feels a bit tacky in places.

I've done a bit of research and thinking of the following, would this be a good way to approach it? and in this order:

Remove remaining sticky oily residue. It seems white spirit is a good way to do this. Do you just rub it on and rub with a clean cloth? Is there a better way of doing this?

Next, use oxalic acid on the blackened water stained areas. I've seen all kinds of different methods suggested for using this. I'm planning on buying the Liberon Wood Bleacher if I can find some which I suppose will have instructions.

Re oil. I'm thinking either danish oil or osmo?

Thanks for any suggestions and input.
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Avoid white spirit where food is prepared will taint food . Degreasant is required, lemon juice is also good for some stains.

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