While CafeCountertops didn’t choose to have our own booth at KBIS 2013, we were pleased that Wellborn Forest Products provided us with an opportunity to test and display our new Greywash concept. As of this writing, the product is available by special order but not yet fully introduced to our standard product lineup.
Unlike all of our standard woods, Greywash is a special-effects finish rather than a natural wood color. Because this finish doesn’t use traditional wood stains, the color can vary significantly from a light driftwood “bleached” grey to a deep metro grey such as that featured at KBIS. Currently, this interesting new Greywash finish is best produced with our continuous-stave or wide-plank construction and with our Super Top-Coat finish, which is to say that it’s perfect for furniture but not necessarily a good choice for food-prep areas. Contact us for more information about our new Greywash special-effects finish.
CafeCountertops has done extensive testing to confirm what our tech experts had already advised. Firstly, your wood countertop is a lean, mean bacteria-chomping machine in its own right. The only cleaning method we can officially recommend is to wash your countertop once a week with our Gentle Wood Wash (available on Amazon). This ph-neutral soap will clean the top properly without harming the finish.
If you must use a disinfectant, we can’t guarantee you won’t harm your finish, but our testing did reveal certain best practices. Spray disinfectants such as Lysol and Microban are preferable to harsh cleaners. MODERATION is key. Lightly spray the surface, wait only the absolute minimum recommended time for disinfection (typically 30 seconds), then rinse the surface thoroughly with a damp cloth, then dry with a towel. Wait a minimum of one week between treatments.