Maintenance

Maintenance

Marble – and generally stones – could look unassailable and indestructible, but it actually needs care and constant maintenance in order to keep all its beauty and fascination. 

In fact, liquids are likely to seep through the porosity of all natural stones.
They are subject to significant alterations in terms of shade, even within the same lot of material. These dissimilarities – due to Mother Nature – will make your purchase more precious, unique and inimitable.

MARBLE, STONES AND ONYXES
Oily and greasy matters cause dark and permanent marks; acid matters (vinegar, lemon, tomato juice, some detergents) have bad repercussions on the polished surfaces.

GRANITES
Oily and greasy matters cause dark and permanent marks; acid matters (vinegar, lemon, tomato juice, some detergents) usually don’t leave any trace after a normal cleaning.
Apart from the traditional marble wax, it is recommendable to treat granites with oil repellent products at regular intervals in order to slow down the absorption time and prevent the seepage of liquids into the stone. By the way it does not ensure any protection from corrosive effects due to acid matters.

OKITE®
Unlike other stone materials, OKITE® needs just a little maintenance. Some protective devices for your kitchen countertops are listed below.

Daily cleaning

OKITE® can be cleaned up just with a dump cloth: daily cleaning products - as Marseille soap or CIF - can be used for surface dirt.

Persistent dirt

OKITE® is highly stain resistant, but, as any other material, it can get dirty. For this reason it is advisable to remove immediately any trace of dirt from the surface, rinsing the countertop with water in order to cancel any residue which could reduce its brightness. For the most persistent stains it can be used an abrasive sponge (e.g. Scotch-Brite) without any risk to damage the surface.
For the removal of grease stains, encrustations, paint, varnish and other matters it is recommended to scrape the surface with a blade or a spatula. As OKITE® is harder than the steel blade, too much scraping could only leave a metallic grey trace: in this case you can clean up the part of the surface with the above-mentioned detergents.

Ink
In the event of ink marks on OKITE® countertops, a cloth soaked in a mix of acetone (30%) and water (70%) is enough to clean: during the cleaning it is recommended to wear latex gloves and use a different abrasive sponge from the one for plates and glasses.

Marks caused by knives or blades scaped on the surface
As OKITE® is harder than steel, knives and blades can’t scratch the surface: anyway during the scraping they could leave a metallic grey trace that can be removed with an abrasive sponge (e.g. Scotch-Brite) soaked in a mix of acetone (30%) and water (70%). During the cleaning it is recommended to wear latex gloves and use a different sponge from the one for plates and glasses.

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