We bought a new kitchen/dining room table from the good folk at IKEA. It is in the Bjorna line (go look at www.ikea.com and search, my connection is too slow) and the top looks like a 2m X 1m cutting board (it has the individual dark and light pieces of wood glued togather). It says that it is oil treated, but I don’t trust it. We dropped a piece of apple-streudel on it and there is a faint stain. I think I need to oil it or add some type of protectorant.
I was thinking of using plain olive oil or maybe a sunflower seed oil. (I don’t mind darkening the color of the wood, there is a corner office unit near it that is stained dark brown.) I’ve used them on my cutting board which lookes the same as my table top, so…why not? But I want this table to last for many years; it was a major investment for us.
You can try and suggest brand names, but I don’t know if I can get the specific one over here. They do have a Home Depot-type warehouse store called Hornbach, so…I also don’t have access to any major tools or space; this has to be done in my kitchen with a plastic sheet underneath. I’d like to avoid sanding if possible, but that’s not always possible, I know. Sponge? Normal brush? Old sock?