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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Diatomite?
    Diatomite is a kind of sedimentary rock that is mainly composed of the siliceous skeletal remains of diatoms. Its high absorption capacity is attributed to its small particle size, high surface area and its high porosity. As such, it can absorb water rapidly.
  • Is Diatomite breakable?
    Yes, it is. Because of its highly porous structure, it may be chipped off or broken if it was dropped from heights. However, the material is pretty compact hence it is able to withstand knocks and drops onto a near surface.
  • Can I wash and clean Diatomite?
    Yes, you definitely can. You can use dishwashing soap and lightly scrub against the surface with a sponge during washing, no worries about that! Just make sure to leave it out open to dry for 1-2 hours after a good wash to ensure that majority of the water content trapped in the material has evaporated. Note: - Prints and customization on the diatomite material might fade over time, depending on the wash and scrub frequency. - The higher the wash frequency, the faster the diatomite material will exhaust / fully saturate with water content trapped in the material.
  • Can I remove stains from Diatomite?
    Yes, you can! Upon stained, the surface needs to be washed and lightly scrubbed off immediately. Stains can be removed either partially or fully, depending on its color intensity.
  • Can the Diatomite material last forever?
    No, replacements have to be made after usage for a period of time. When used over time, the diatomite pore structure will be fully saturated with water content, and the diatomite material will not absorb water as fast as before. This is when it has reached its exhaustion limit and needs to be replaced.
  • How can I prolong the lifespan of the Diatomite material?
    After washing the material, make sure to leave it open to dry for 1-2 hours. This is to ensure that sufficient time is allowed for evaporation to occur, so the material is able to achieve optimum dry-ness for subsequent usage. If it has been used for a long time and has reached its exhaustion limit, you can also use sandpaper to sand down the top surface of the material to create "new" pores on the material surface. This helps to temporarily increase the absorption of the material.

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