There are many types of wood finishes out there, but the best finish for wood countertops is one that is food-safe, spill-resistant, water-resistant, chemical-resistant, and is easy to maintain and upkeep. You will also have to decide whether or not you want a clear finish or a coloured finish to protect and enhance your wood. Because of these requirements, our personal favourite choice is Osmo Top-Oil, which is a natural, food-safe wood finish that is based on a blend of natural oils and waxes.
Food-Safe Certified Wood Finish for Tables, Countertops, Chopping Boards, and Charcuterie Platters.
OSMO Top Oil is a micro porous, wood finish for wooden countertops, tables, chopping boards, or food prep surfaces. It is available in three sheens: “Clear,” “Acacia,” or “Natural”. The finished surface is extremely tough and hardwearing. It is water repellent and dirt resistant. The finish is resistant against wine, beer, cola, coffee, tea, fruit juices, milk and water etc when dry. Dirt can be easily removed. Renovation is easy. Just clean and re-treat worn areas. No sanding, no repair marks and no removal of previous Top Oil finish. OSMO Top Oil is based on natural vegetable oils and waxes. Being a non film building, micro porous finish, it will not crack, flake, peel or blister. The oils and waxes penetrate deeply into the timber, keeping it elastic and healthy and preventing it from getting dry and brittle. The wood can breathe, so moisture can evaporate. OSMO Top Oil contains no biocides or preservatives. It is safe for man, animal and plant when dry. It complies with German Standards for perspiration and saliva, meaning it is suitable for children’s toys, bassinets, cots etc.