Soapstone, like marble and granite, is a natural stone that is quarried from the earth. One of its primary components is talc which gives the stone a smooth feeling similar to rubbing a piece of dry soap.
Soapstone is much softer than granite meaning it will scratch more easily. Fortunately, minor scratches can be repaired using sandpaper and steel wool. While soft, soapstone is very dense and has tremendous resistance to heat, chemicals and staining making it an excellent choice for food prep areas. Soapstone looks great in rustic or historical settings.
Most times soapstone is treated with mineral oil to seal the top and enhance the color. Over time the stone will develop a patina and this application will be needed less often.
Applications for Soapstone
- Kitchen Countertops
- Food Prep Areas
- Fireplace Surrounds and Hearths
- Furniture Tops