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Please help! Urgent damage repair advice needed!

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SallyTraffic Sat 13-Nov-10 09:51:23

I'm at my sisters babysitting her 3 & my baby dd for the weekend. Was making the childrens supper last night & I put the lid of the oval le creuset on the worktop- this isn't a prob at my house our granite worktops ok with anything on them, but she has wooden ones. It wasn't very hot at all, as had been heating the stew up with lid off mostly but it has left an oval black mark. Not sure if this is a burn or just a stain from the lid of the pot.

It's all I can see when I go in kitchen. Gutted.

I just didn't think as it's not a problem at my house & it was all a bit manic & the baby was crying.

I'm worried about scrubbing it as don't want to damage wood more. I've no idea how to care for wooden worktops - and if it is fixable or not?

Any ideas? Please?

TmiEdward Sat 13-Nov-10 16:01:17

I'll ask my DH for you!

LadyOfTheFlowers Sat 13-Nov-10 16:03:07

Assume it's real wood with little cut marks in it from chopping and stuff?

Or is it a wood 'look' surface?

TmiEdward Sat 13-Nov-10 16:14:16

If it is a solid worktop, try sanding it down with a very fine grade sandpaper, going in the direction of the grain.

If it's a laminate, you've melted it and it's not really rescueable.

Or so says DH. (He's a DT teacher, specialising in Resistant Materials. Wood is his thang!)

bumpybecky Sat 13-Nov-10 16:21:17

my solid wood worktop stains if you leave metal on it

only way to deal with it is to lightly sand and re-oil

I'd leave it and apologise muchly. If you start sanding now and can't find the right oil you'll have made it worse

Onlyaphase Sat 13-Nov-10 16:28:18

My MIL did exactly the same thing when she was looking after DD at my house overnight as a favour to me. Great big round mark from the lid of the casserole dish, right where I could see it in the middle of the oak worksurface.

The mark itself didn't irritate me - she was doing me a favour, accidents happen etc. I am a firm believer that if someone is housesitting for you and you get back and all people, dogs and cats are alive, then that gets 10/10 from me.

What did irritate me is that MIL never mentioned it at all, and it was blindingly obvious that she had done it. She is in my house at least once a fortnight and has never said a word about it.

The only way to shift the mark(it is a stain, not a burn) is to sand it down and re-oil the wood. Easy to do, the only pain is letting each layer of oil dry properly before applying the next one. Really, all of the surface needs doing at once, it isn't a patching job IMO.

Sorry, this isn't actually of much help to you. Apologise, and offer to babysit the kids while they deal with the sanding and re-oiling. Chances are they need to do it anyway, and this will give them to push to do it.

SallyTraffic Sat 13-Nov-10 19:53:29

Thank you v much for your replies. Yes it's real wood, and I'd hate to botch it so will leave well alone!

I'm very close to my sister I will of course own up when I see her at my mums tomorrow. Relieved to hear that it may be salvageable after all smile

Just got to now try and avoid any more little incidents until tomorrow lunch time!

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