Question

I am considering using bamboo countertops in my kitchen. What can you tell me about this?

Asked by Judy Denton

What can you tell me about bamboo countertops?

Answer

Jeff Jeannette

Answered by Jeff Jeannette

Long Beach, CA

Jeannette Architects Inc.

February 26, 2010

Any recyclable/renewable resource as a countertop is a great idea. Bamboo has been around for countertops and cutting boards for decades and has stood up well.

There are a few things to consider, however.

  • When cutting or doing any other hard work on the surface, it will leave marks.
  • The good side is it's easy to sand down and refinish . . . which brings us to that finish topic.
  • You'll want to use a finishing material that is acceptable for food, such as various oils that are available. I've seen people use varnishes, which is not a good idea as over time, the moisture from general use and cutting breaks down the finish and gets into your food preparations.
  • I've known tung oil to be a good finish -- look for products with low VOCs.

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