What is Soapstone?
Soapstone is a quarried steatite stone made from chlorite, dolomite, magnesite and talc. It is around 300 to 400 million years old. Talc makes it soft to the touch (so that it feels much like a bar of dry soap), but it is one of the densest stones available.
Soapstone is found beneath the earth in its natural state and once it is pulled up it starts to oxidize. Through this process, the stone will start to darken over time, depending on the environmental conditions. It’s a gentle and gradual darkening and many people choose this stone because of this process that makes it more interesting. To watch a countertop age on its own following a course that nature intended it is an interesting and intriguing process. Others prefer to enhance this natural progression by darkening the surface through an oiling process. The mineral oil is only put on to help it oxidize so that you end up with a counter that is uniform in color because the oil is not absorbed in depth.
Soapstone countertops are becoming a more popular choice for homeowners all over the world. It’s a completely natural surface that has a lot of great benefits that you won’t find in rivals such as marble, quartz, and granite. For country kitchens or kitchens with a more traditional or rustic decor, this type of look adds to the overall ambiance of the room.
- Durability - is non-porous;
- Aesthetic value thanks to its natural patina;
- Workability - doesn't stain and ruin over heat;
- Great density;
- Healthy choice;
- Environmentally friendly;
- How it ages - beautifies over time;
- Easy to maintain; no sealing is needed.
The color of this natural stone can vary depending on the area that is coming from. The colors can range from an almost pale green to a light gray and if you choose a slab that comes from Brazil, you’ll often see the same type of veining that you’d find in fine marble. If you want to darken the soapstone’s color you can applying mineral oil to the countertops. Mineral oil does not have to be applied and you’ll have the choice between a lighter and a darker countertop based on your own personal preference.
The light gray color can also include bluish and green tones with random markings including veins that can be in an amber, white, beige or a green shade. You can expect a lot of variation when it comes to soapstone colors and the veining and movements in it. Remember that how your own countertop will appear all depends on where it is coming from.
Why choose Soapstone
- If you appreciate originality you will like the soapstone. When it comes to any soapstone countertops, no 2 slabs are ever the same, which means yours will never be duplicated in any other home.
- The aging process beautifies the soapstone. Your countertop will become a personal treasure and will grow on you as it ages.
- The soapstone won’t get damaged from heat. With this stone, you don’t have to worry about taking a pot from the stove and putting it right onto the counter.
- The soapstone doesn’t stain. It’s a lot easier to cook with a soapstone countertop since you won’t have to worry about spilling things on it.
- The soapstone is easy to maintain. Applications of oil or wax will remove most scratches. Mild to very aggressive household cleansers (even bleach) are suitable. Soapstone benefits from regular applications of mineral oil.
- Soapstone is environmentally friendly. Is is harvested from the earth, simply custom cut to fit your kitchen and can be recycled completely. No sealers or toxic chemicals of any kind will be introduced into your home.
- Soapstone is one of the easiest counters to set up and you can even take it on as a do-it-yourself project on your own. But if you don’t want to be responsible of this type of installation by yourself Luxury Countertops is here to help you do a great job.