Soaptone is a mineral known as steatite. The name soapstone was given to the mineral because it is composed of at least 50% talc mineral, giving it a feel similar to soap. The rest of the stone is formed from a variety of other minerals, including magnesite. Soapstone that is very high in talc is soft and is often used by sculptors and artists. Stone with a lower talc content is a bit harder and is used to make sinks, countertops and window sills even classroom tabletops.
- Soapstone Countertops are an attractive material and created by Nature, no two slabs are alike, making for a unique look.
- Soapstone Countertops are not porous, so it doesn’t stain or harbor bacteria, so it’s easy to clean.
- Soapstone Countertops are very durable, and some soapstone sinks and countertops made in the 1800’s are still in use today.
- Soapstone Countertops are more pliable and much more resistant to cracking than other countertop materials.
- Soapstone Countertops are also heat resistant. You can set a hot pan directly onto a soapstone countertops without causing damage or burn marks.
- Soapstone Countertops are environmentally conscious appreciate soapstone as a green building material, completely chemical-free and 100% recyclable.
- The soft surface makes the stone susceptible to damage from dropped glasses or cookware.
- It is important to choose one with a smooth finish. Stone countertops that are not properly smooth can scratch your china and glassware if you’re not careful.
- There are limited color choices. Soapstone comes in various shades of gray, with some having a blue or green tint.
- The stone darkens as it ages and must be treated regularly with mineral oil to ensure that it darkens evenly. Oiling also helps eliminate watermarks.