I followed the advice and set-to this morning with a pack of steel wool and
bottle of white spirit. It worked a treat - although it was bloody hard
work and took all morning!
As you are swirling the white spirit about with the pad of steel wool, you
can 'feel' the bits that are still sticky and require extra scrubbing. You
are regularly left with a sticky scum of danish oil dissolved in white
spirit that has to be wiped off. I used an old towel cut into squares.
I thought that I had got right down to the bare wood - but it seems that
there is still some of the original 'Osmo Oil' deep in the wood fibres.
After getting down to what I thought was bare wood, I tried sanding-out some
knife-cuts in the wood surface - but the sandpaper clogged up with hard oil
The residual oil shouldn't be a problem as I'm re-treating this time with
the same stuff.
I'm left with a beautifully smooth and totally matt finish that is now
awaiting the arrival of my new tin of Osmo Worktop Oil that I'm advised was
My tip for you? If you have ever thought about having genuine beech-block
kitchen worktops - DON'T!! They are a pain in the backside! They mark far
too easily and require far too much maintenance to keep looking anywhere
Incidentally, prior to deciding to re-oil the worktops, my wife and I
investigated a firm called 'Granite Transformations'.
(http://www.granitetransformations.com /) They manufacture work-top 'covers'
made from sheets of crushed granite bound with resin. Their advertising
blurb reckons it's the cheaper alternative to genuine granite worktops - and
saves all the hassle of having your old worktops removed because they
manfacture these ersatz granite 'covers' to fit precisely over your old
worktops. I had one of their reps out to measure up and give me a quote. I
have no idea how much genuine granite worktops cost - but his quote was
£4,300.00 !!! We really liked the look and feel of the stuff - but I told
him I could have my entire kitchen replaced for not much more than that!
Cheers for the removal advice.