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What is Okite?

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What is Okite?

An engineered quartz stone, used for kitchen worktops, bathrooms, and flooring, Okite is made in Italy from around 93% pure natural quartz. The quartz particles are bonded together using a dyed polyester resin. This is what gives Okite its wide range of colours.

Okite and conforms to EU, UK and US safety standards. It’s designed to be safe to prepare food on and is non-toxic. In fact, as Okite is naturally non-porous, bacteria can’t hide in the surface as they could in wood or rough natural stone.

Okite’s many colours

The 32 Okite colours range from natural-looking stone shades with subtle veining or textures through to a few brilliant gem tones. Most shades are natural and neutral, including greys, browns, blacks and whites.

What is Okite like?

A slab of Okite feels very much like polished natural stone such as marble or granite. Quartz is one of the toughest materials on the planet, and Okite is quite literally as hard as rock.

Okite is a practical choice for the home as it’s also non-porous which means that water, food particles, and spills aren’t absorbed at all. This means it doesn’t stain; is waterproof; and any debris, dirt or bacteria are wiped off with a simple sweep of the cloth.

Food safe, Okite and won’t be harmed or stained by difficult foods like tomato sauce, red wine, vinegar or lemon juice. You can put a hot pan directly on Okite or chop on it, although neither is recommended – the pan will leave a hot spot, which can cause burns if touched, and chopping will blunt your knife!

How to clean Okite

A damp cloth is all that’s needed for most clean up jobs. For more serious spills, a gentle cleaner or anti-bacterial surface cleaner can be used. Okite is tough to damage, but it’s still best to avoid harsh cleaning products, strong acids or alkalis, abrasive substances, abrasive brushes and steel wool and similar items as these may damage the finish.

How is Okite sold?

Okite was designed to be used as kitchen worktops, so it is primarily sold in slabs suitable for this purpose. At Surrey Marble and Granite we cut and shape the raw slabs in our on-site factory which means that we can turn Okite into almost anything, from a bathroom vanity to a shelf to flooring for a super-yacht. Okite slabs are approximately 3.06 x 1.4m. The slabs may be 13mm, 18mm, 20mm, 28mm or 30mm thick depending on the colour and texture options selected. This gives a good range of options for a wide variety of uses from wall cladding and floor tiles to bar tops and kitchens. Okite takes a polish well and is suitable for ornamental work, which means you have access to our full range of finishes, polishes and edge detailing.

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