Teak Oil is ideal for hardwoods such as Iroko, because it is thinner in viscosity and more suited for use with tropical hardwoods with a tight grain. Teak oil provides a reasonably good level of protection but will likely require more regular maintenance.
The Osmo Wood Wax Finish Extra Thin (1101) that you have seen on our site is ideal for exotic hardwoods. The main benefit with Osmo Extra Thin Oil is that it's more durable and longer lasting than Teak oil meaning less maintenance.
As the worktops have already been oiled there are a couple of choices.
- Allow the teak oil to wear for several months then re-oil with the Osmo Extra Thin once the teak oil starts to loose its water repellent, protective properties.
- Wipe down the worktops with methylated spirits to dissolve and remove most of the teak oil from the wood surface.
Option 1 means just leaving the worktops. Areas that get used the most will wear quicker than those that don't. Option 2 is the quick way of re-doing the worktops but will be smelly and messy. You will require several Woodleys Microfiber Cloths to mop up the meths and the dissolved teak oil. Good ventilation is also essential when removing and/or applying any oil.
Used cloths and rags should never be thrown directly in to the bin. They should be soaked in water and stored in an air tight container to prevent the risk of spontaneous combustion. They can be disposed of in the bin once they have dried.
The area around the sink will simply need a little more maintenance than the rest of the worktops. As soon as it starts to look tired, worn or loosing its water repellent properties, simply clean, dry then apply a thin application of oil to the affected area.
It's always a good idea to seal any gaps where water could penetrate, especially around wood. for this, we recommend Osmo Interior Gap Sealer, a waterproof, flexible gap sealer that is available in a wide range of colours.
If your up stand is also wood then yes it should absolutely be treated as well.
In terms of day to day cleaning, household detergents and cleaners should never be used. These products tend to contain detergents that are designed to breakdown oil and grease and could potentially strip the oil from the wood. Always use a dedicated worktop cleaner that's suitable for oiled surfaces. These will clean the worktop surfaces whilst maintaining the oiled finish.