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As with all timbers, there are so many different sub-species with very different properties, for example sugar maple from the west coast of the USA – it looks similar but is much softer and quite unsuitable for a kitchen worktop – that one has be very careful when choosing a supplier. Our suppliers only ever use Glacial Maple, and the quality of the maple worktops we supply is simply the best.
Expect to give your tools a hard time with this stuff! Sometimes it’s like cutting stone it is so hard. Maple will turn a soft yellow with UV, so if you want to keep it white and pale make sure you ask for a UV resistant oil. Maple is fine in all areas of the kitchen, including sink areas, provided it is properly oiled. Maple does benefit from a rub down every four or five years to really make the best of the beautiful grain.