Soapstone

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When it comes to soapstone, no two slabs are alike. Check out the variety that we offer in our gallery below to see what will fit into your remodel.

Soapstone Countertop

Soapstone is made of about 50% talc, which makes it a soft stone. The hardness is determined by the amount of other minerals present in the slab, usually a combination of micas, chlorite, amphiboles, quartz, magnesite and carbonates.

Soapstone has a rustic look, and it’s been steadily rising in popularity. It’s known for its darker hues – think gray, black, blue or green.

Used by many for its Old World vibe, soapstone is a countertop for the ages.

Care and Keeping of Soapstone

Maintenance related to soapstone countertops is simple and straightforward. All you need to clean it is mild soap and water – and since it is nonporous, you don’t have to worry about sealing it.

Soapstone will naturally darken over time. Some people love this aspect of it so much that they want to speed up the process, which is possible using mineral oil.

Durability

On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, soapstone scores low – between a 1 and a 5, depending on the presence of other minerals. Since it is a softer material, it is prone to scratches. These scratches can be sanded out, but the end result might not look exactly the same as before. With a soapstone countertop, we recommend always using a cutting board.

Its nonporous nature means that it holds its own against stains, and it is very heat resistant as well. You can set a hot pan on its surface with no issues. As for chips, they can happen if your soapstone is under heavy wear, but repairs are possible with epoxy.

Location

Soapstone is not only a great material for indoor countertops, it works great outdoors as well. Since it’s nonporous, substances like rain, leaves, and bird droppings won’t stain it. It even has thermal qualities, which means that it can withstand winter temperatures and will do just fine freezing and thawing.

Your Soapstone Countertop

People across the nation love soapstone not only for its looks, personality, and durability, but also because it can be recycled. This eco-friendly material can last over 20 years if it’s taken care of correctly. If you’re interested in soapstone, contact us today for a consultation.

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