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Soapstone

Softer than granite yet notably durable, soapstone is a versatile material. It's favored for kitchen countertops as well as poolside applications because of its non-porous nature. This characteristic means it's not slippery when wet, and it doesn't stain easily from water. Generally, soapstone exhibits a consistent coloration, predominantly found in shades of blue, green, and grey. It is recommended to apply mineral oil to the surface after installation to consistently patina the soapstone so it doesn’t absorb other liquids or elements is comes in contact with, because soapstone typically has a high concentration of talc it is softer mineral.

How To Clean Soapstone

Soapstone’s non-porous nature means it's less prone to staining, and you can clean it with a neutral soap solution, water, and a soft microfiber cloth. This helps to remove stains, debris, and water-ring marks effectively. After cleaning, be sure to rinse any soapy residue and dry the surface with a soft cloth to prevent water spots and maintain the shine of the soapstone. While naturally resistant to stains, the application of mineral oil or sealants can further protect soapstone surfaces and even deepen their color.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Soapstone a Good Countertop Material?

Yes, soapstone is a valued countertop material, especially popular in farmhouse style kitchens due to its durability, resistance to cracking from excess weight or stress, and its availability in various colors​.

Do Soapstone Countertops Scratch Easily?

Soapstone is softer than granite, which makes it prone to scratching. However, it's possible to mitigate this by leaving the surface at a coarser finish, or by simply using a cutting board and avoiding sliding heavy items across the surface​​.

Can You Put Hot Pans on Soapstone?

Yes, soapstone can withstand heat, and it's safe to place hot pans on it, although using a hot pad is advisable​.

Is Soapstone Non-Porous?

Yes, soapstone is non-porous, which makes it easy to clean as there are no little nooks and crannies for crumbs and bacteria to settle into. This characteristic also prevents soapstone counters from staining​​.

Should Soapstone be Sealed?

Soapstone does not require sealing, but can benefit from regular applications of oil.

Is soapstone high maintenance?

o, regular cleaning with soapy water is sufficient, oiling is optional for aesthetics.

What cleaning products are safe for soapstone?

Mild soapy water or pH-neutral cleaners are recommended; harsh chemicals should be avoided​.

Can soapstone be repaired if damaged?

Minor damages like scratches can be sanded out by the homeowner with minimal effort​.

Can soapstone be damaged by acids or chemicals?

Soapstone is resistant to acids, chemicals, and heat, which is why it's used in chemistry labs and acid rooms​.

Applications
  • Countertops
  • Bathroom Vanity
  • Fireplace
  • Exterior

Materials for Soapstone

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