Iroko hardwood is often called the “African teak” due to its high durability and resistance to stains. This brown rich African hardwood produce a exceptional affect. Iroko Worktop is the perfect choice for any modern or classic kitchen, and it will be a great focal point in any kitchen. Wood and Beyond Premium Iroko worktop surfaces are constructed from 40mm wide staves, carefully crafted from the highest quality raw materials to provide maximum strength, stability and durability throughout the years of service the worktop will provide.
The worktop comes square edged and sanded to 120 grit finish. It is supplied unfinished and will require oiling prior to installation. Prime is the highest grade of worktops, It has a more uniformed look due to having slight color variation straight grain and contains very few ( if at all) and infrequent small knots and character marks. The prime grade of this worktops is the most expensive as it is in limited supply from the raw material. This worktop comes in a length of 2m, width of 620mm and a thickness of 38mm. This sensational timber will darken quickly after installation and will become a rich bronze shade.
Premium Iroko Worktop Construction
Premium Iroko Worktop is made from staves of solid wood which are then cut, selected, graded and kiln dried to ensure a moisture level suitable for domestic interior use such as the kitchen. These materials are then glued together to form one homogeneous panel of wood which is stable and durable. The forward facing side of the premium grade worktop will feature only minimal natural imperfections that all natural woods share, resulting in a uniform clean look worthy of premium grade with few small knots. The back side of the worktop (which is of course invisible once the worktop is fitted) will likely display some knots and some colour variation, which is a by product of the manufacturing process. Premium Iroko Worktop is especially designed for interior use and will easily handle the day to day use required from a kitchen or bar worktop. The worktop is very easy to maintain, needing only the occasional oil coating and basic care.
About This Wood
Also known as 'African Teak', Iroko is native to Africa and starts its hardwood life as a yellow wood which quickly darkens into a rich brown colour. It is used in a variety of ways from the construction of flooring, worktops and decking to boat-building and even musical instrument construction.
Why We Recommend Iroko Worktops
- Highly durable and resistance to stains
- It gives exotic stylish look to any room
- From other worktops, it standouts due to its brown chocolate color
Wood and Beyond uses a premium delivery service. Following your order, a customer service agent will contact you to arrange a delivery day which suits you so we don't show up at your door when you're not ready. The cost of this service is a flat fee no matter how many worktops, decking or flooring products you order of £45.00 to cover London and the surrounding areas and wales , £65.00 to cover Cumbria, Devon, Cornwall, £80.00 to cover Scotland and £90.00 to cover Ireland. To mainland UK (excluding Scotland, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Isle of Wight, Cumbria, Devon, Cornwall) we also offer a FREE delivery if your order exceeds £999. Take advantage of this service when ordering with us and select multiple products in one order.
Free sample is available to order. We charge £0.99 delivery which will be refunded once you've placed your order with us. The sample will allow you to feel the high quality wood and see its beautiful rich markings. We aim to dispatch the sample within a day so you won't have to wait long. Simply choose the 'Free Sample' option and complete the secure checkout process.
Wood is a natural product and may have significant colour variation, and whilst every effort is made to colour match as much as possible, we cannot guarantee any consistency of colour from one worktop to another.
When you receive your worktops, it is very important to store them completely flat (it is recommended on supporting bearers) until you are ready to install. All worktops need to be kept inside your house (not in a garage or any other outbuilding). During storage, please make sure that they are kept well away from extreme heat (radiators, under floor heating etc) and kept away from any moist areas (recently plastered walls, dump basements etc). Before installation, please make sure you oil your worktops at least three coats on ALL sides including edges, we recommend using Danish Oil or Worktop Oil. After installation, you will need to oil the upper parts of the worktop once a week for the first 6 weeks, then approximately every three month- depending on the usage. This is standard practice for real wood worktops as they are made from natural materials.
Please ensure that your Worktops are completely re-wrapped after inspection and stored on completely flat and level surface, with bearers in between ( this will allow the air to circulate between the worktops and prevent deflection ). Do not store worktops vertically or on edges. If you wish to store your worktops for a long period, you should turn them every other day to prevent cupping or bowing. Never store worktops in an unheated environment - especially outdoors, in sheds or garages. Keep the worktops dry and away from direct sources of heat such as radiators, boilers, AGA's, and intense direct sunlight etc. All wet trades (especially plastering) should be finished and a sufficient period of time allowed for natural drying out before storing hardwood worktops in the same room. Allow the worktop a day or so to adjust to the ambient temperature and humidity of its new surroundings prior to installation.
If warping does occur, your worktop can still be screwed down to the base units and the wood will correct itself naturally after a short period (2-3 weeks). Read below for details on how to do this. Your worktops are dispatched in sound condition and it is your responsibility to store and maintain worktops correctly. WOOD & BEYOND cannot be held responsible if due care and attention is not maintained.
If a worktop has become cupped or bowed due to moisture differences on site, or after lengthy or incorrect storage, the worktop will need to be installed differently. Firstly, fix the entire length of the rear of the worktop to the supporting base units. Then gently and gradually, using clamps and battens, pull the worktop downwards before screwing down the front edge. Please be advised that it may take 1-2 weeks for the worktop to completely settle down and resume its completely flat shape. Always leave a suitable gap between the worktop and direct sources of heat such as a Rayburn or Aga.
It is essential to fit protective END-CAPS on worktops, sited directly alongside or near high heat ovens like Aga, Rayburn or Range. As you are aware, these ovens produce intensive heat, and the end caps are protecting the worktop ends from drying out and splitting.
Also, if your worktop is being installed above kitchen appliances that produce a large amount of heat or vapours (washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, boilers or built-in fridges & freezers), then it is highly advisable to fit a moisture barrier/Silver Foil to protect your worktops against these factors.
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When you receive your worktops, it is very important to store them completely flat (it is recommended on supporting bearers) until you are ready to install. All worktops need to be kept inside your home (not in a garage or any other outbuilding). During storage, please make sure that they are kept well away from extreme heat (radiators, under floor heating etc) and kept away from any moist areas (recently plastered walls, dump basements etc).
Before installation, please make sure you oil your worktops at least three coats on ALL sides including edges, we recommend using Danish Oil or Worktop Oil. After installation, you will need to oil the upper parts of the worktop once a week for the first 6 weeks, then approximately every three month- depending on the usage. This is standard practice for real wood worktops as they are made from natural materials.
Hardwood worktops must be fitted to the base units using ‘slotted expansion brackets’ only. Providing the screws are not over-tightened, these brackets will allow for the worktop to naturally expand and contract across the width in accordance with slight changes in humidity. Failure to use the correct brackets, or if fitted incorrectly, can apply undue stress to the worktop and may cause splitting to occur.
Wood and Beyond worktops comes untreated, you must oil them at least 3 times ( on both sides and corners in order to lock the moisture in) If you are cutting the worktops. It is advised to apply as many coats as possible to the end-grain of the worktops as this is the area which will absorb the most moisture. We recommend around four to five coats to be applied around tap holes, sink cutouts and areas of heavy use or exposure.
To keep the wood worktop in prestige condition once the worktop has been installed, you need to keep oiling the upper part, we strongly recommend on using Danish Oil or Worktop Oil. A process which takes just a few minutes.
1. Although its construction is already extremely durable, like any other worktop treat it well and avoid dragging heavy items on its surface which might result in scaring or denting.
2. Water spills and other liquids should always be mopped up immediately to prevent stains to the surface - especially during the first few weeks of installation. We advise keeping a tea towel handy solely for this purpose.
3. If you managed to dent the worktop (which is extremely rare) not all is lost. Spray some water on the dent, place a dump textile fabric on top of the dent and iron the surface. Quality wooden worktop should react well to this fix and raise back.
4. Wooden worktops require the occasional oil top up. Buy timber worktop re-coating oil to apply ever months or so.
5. When it comes to stains, liquid spills and food residue you really cannot afford to leave those for long. On top of the hygienic concerns you should have, mopping up quickly will prevent the liquids from penetrating the wood and leaving stains.
5. When working in the kitchen, it is very easy to get distracted and place warm pans on the worktop straight from the hot cooking stove or oven. Hot pans, rough-bottomed objects and wet items should not be placed directly onto a wooden work surface - always use granite inserts, hot-rods, trivets, pan stands or heat-resistant mats to protect the worktop from scorch marks. Direct contact from iron, steel or copper vessels can also stain the timber surfaces and should therefore be avoided.
6. Always use a chopping board for food preparation - cutting directly onto the worktop will damage the surface.
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