A Brief Explanation of Soapstone Countertops
Soapstone’s name derives from the milky appearance given by the minerals it contains – which is a combination of chlorite, dolomite, magnesite and talc. The amount of talc determines it’s ultimate use. Soapstone with a high talc concentration is typically used by artists and sculptors. Slabs with a less dense concentration can stand up to heavy kitchen use. You’ll most commonly find this product within neutral to grey color combinations such as charcoal grey, whites or a grey/blue blend – most with a prominent marbling throughout.
Sealing isn’t as important as with granite as soapstone is extremely non-porous, making cleanup extremely easy and residue-free of bacteria or liquid staining.
Maintenance is Less of a Factor
Soapstone is not as hard as your typical granite or quartzite materials, making it less susceptible to cracks or breaks from weight or stress. However, with this comes the ability to scratch more easily – making cutting directly on a soapstone countertop not recommended. The good news? If, and when, your surface shows unwanted scratches, you can easily remove them with a light sanding and/or mineral oil. While you may notice signs of use more easily on a soapstone surface, periodic oiling will keep it looking it’s best.