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Okite: all you need to know

 

An Italian, engineered stone, Okite is produced by a family-run firm that has a strong commitment to quality and environmental care. It has many uses, and has even been used to create artworks. It’s commonly used for floors, tiling and other surfaces. Okite worktops provide an effective and affordable alternative to marble and granite.

Primarily composed of quartz, Okite can also include other materials, such as recycled glass, to give a piece lustre, strength and colour. Slabs are manufactured to a specific thickness, which means that Okite can be used in situations where traditionally hewn natural stone would be too heavy. Okite colourways typically uniform, which means that you can design an Okite worktop or floor without worrying about matching natural veining.

What is Okite?

Up to 93% quartz, Okite uses bonding agents and dyes to create a processed stone that is stronger than granite. It’s designed to be used in the home and is safe for food preparation. It’s a great choice for the kitchen, as the sealed surface means that food stains and bacteria can’t penetrate an Okite worktop, making it hygienic and easy to wipe clean.

The beauty of the natural quartz shines through in Okite worktops. While some colourways use very fine quartz to create a uniform, almost solid colourway, others use larger chunks of quartz, highlighting the natural variation in the stone.

Advantages of Okite worktops

  • Easy to clean
  • Hard to damage or scratch
  • Stain resistant
  • Hygienic
  • Safe for food preparation
  • Five times stronger than granite
  • Dozens of colours
  • Jewel-like shades

Bright colours and brilliant effects

From deep to granite grey, jewel tones to marble white, Okite is available in a broad array of colours. There are a number of styles, from almost solid shades through to rugged blends where the natural variation of the quartz pieces is used to full effect. The latest addition to the Okite range is the Pietre Preziose collection. These engineered stones have a clear core, giving them the effect of precious jewels. They’re particularly effective when lit from behind as the light shines through, making the stone sparkle like a ruby or diamond.

Other uses for Okite

Okite worktops are food safe and suitable for the preparation of all kinds of foods. The surface is cool and food can be prepared directly on the surface, making it a good choice for bars, cafes and restaurants. Unlike natural stone, Okite is non-porous. This means that it resists stains, scratches and marking better than marble. In most cases, you can clean an Okite worktop by simply wiping it down. While we recommend you mop up spills immediately, Okite is unlikely to be damaged or stained by normal household use so don’t panic if you spill something on your Okite worktop, even if it’s vinegar, red wine, tea or all three at once!

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