Soapstone is a natural stone that has been used for centuries and is quickly becoming a popular choice amongst homeowners for a variety of applications. Soapstone is composed primarily of talc and magnesite with varying amounts of other minerals. It offers many benefits for use in the home for countertops, heaters, sinks, floor and wall tile and much more:
Soapstone is not as hard as other popular materials such as granite, sandstone, slate or quartz, however it is more pliable which means it is less brittle. It is also non-porous which means it doesn't require sealing, is less likely to stain, and is impervious to most liquids and chemicals. It is an extremely dense, yet soft stone so scratches may occur during ordinary use which can easily be removed with mineral oil. Soapstone can endure extremely harsh conditions. It can withstand the bitter cold of the arctic, the extreme heat and humidity of the tropics, the grueling hot sun, acid rain or the smoke-filled air of industrial areas. It also possesses a phenomenal acid and alkali tolerance.
Soapstone has long been known for its ability to retain heat, which is why it is so commonly used in pizza ovens and masonry heaters. It is able to withstand direct flames indefinitely unlike many other stones.
Soapstone is a beautiful stone that offers versatility in design, color, and texture. It provides warmth and character for your home. Soapstone ranges in color from pale green to light gray and everything in between. And unlike many other stone surfaces, it is available in a variety of textures, so you don't have to settle for a high polished look if you desire something a little more rough. Regardless of texture, soapstone is soft to the touch but provides amazing durability.
Soapstone is naturally harvested from the earth and can be completely recycled. It is naturally antibactieral and stain resistant. There are no sealers or chemicals required to protect or clean it, which allows for a safer and greener home.
Soapstone is easy to care for primarily due to its non-porous characteristics. It cleans up easily with a mild soap and sponge or rag. The white talc that rises to the surface when scratched will easily disappear when rubbed with a little mineral oil. Deep scratches or gouges can be repaired with minimal effort, unlike many other solid surface countertops.Countertops are often treated with mineral oil which darkens the stone. Over time the countertops will develop a rich, satiny texture.